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Brenda Mayes, center, speaks during a press conference at the office of her attorney, Robert Sykes, right, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)
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Utah School District Settles Suit Over Biracial Teen Dragged By Bus

Brenda Mayes, center, speaks during a press conference at the office of her attorney, Robert Sykes, right, in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. (Photo: Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah school district is paying $62,500 to settle a lawsuit filed after a junior high student was caught in a bus door and dragged about 175 feet in an alleged racially motivated incident.

The incident occurred in February in West Point about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City.

Brenda Mayes sued the Davis School District in May, alleging a bus driver intentionally closed the door on her 13-year-old son’s backpack as he was getting off the bus.

The biracial teen was pinned to the outside of the door as the bus drove down the street, but he wasn’t physically injured.

Mayes accused district officials of not curbing alleged racial animus, bullying and harassment by the bus driver toward her son and other minority students.

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