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Camden paying $500K to settle suit with students

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POSTED August 15, 2012 1:09 a.m.

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Camden Board of Education has agreed to pay $500,000 to seven students who were made to eat their lunch on the floor as punishment.

The February 2008 incident sparked racial tensions in the city because of the way a class of 15 Puerto Rican fifth-graders was punished for spilling a jug of water.

State education officials ruled that the punishment was improper, but was not racially motivated.

Under the settlement, which was first reported by the Courier-Post the seven students will split $280,000. Their lawyer will get $220,000.

The school board did not admit wrongdoing in the settlement, which was approved by the school board.

A teacher who reported what happened was previously awarded a $75,000 settlement.

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