Two advocacy organizations filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against Minnesota's largest school district, challenging what they call "pervasive anti-gay harassment" in its schools, the groups said in a news release.
The Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Center for Lesbian Rights filed the lawsuit on behalf of "five students who have faced severe anti-LGBT (lesbian gay bisexual transgender) bullying and harassment while attending school in the (Anoka-Hennepin) district," a joint news release states.
District officials contacted by CNN for comment said they are still reviewing the lawsuit.
The filing comes amid a federal investigation into "incidents involving harassment and bullying" in the school district, located in north suburban Minneapolis, according to a Department of Justice e-mail to CNN.
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