A former Benson man has reached a $147,500 settlement with a Vermont school district that had barred him from attending meetings because some staff members were afraid of him.
Attorneys from the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union negotiated the settlement with the Addison Rutland Supervisory Union on behalf of Marcel Cyr after a federal judge found the district had discriminated against Cyr.
The ACLU's Allen Gilbert says the decision is a win for everyone who cares for education and democracy.
Cyr, who has since left Benson with his family, had been critical of the education provided his child.
Superintendent Ron Ryan tells the Rutland Herald that if there are similar situations in the future they'll probably hire a law enforcement officer for meetings.