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Berkeley High School Counselor Suspended

Counselor suspended in wake of sexual harassment lawsuit



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    A Berkeley High School counselor is now serving a seven-day suspension in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit involving a former student.

    Anthony Smith’s credential will be suspended from June 3 – June 9.

    Smith was one of three defendants in a 2011 lawsuit filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

    A former student, identified as “Lilah R.” claims Smith made sexually suggestive comments to her during her junior year.

    The Bay Area News Group reports, the student says Smith caressed her inner thigh, and had her pulled out of class to talk about non-academic matters.

    Smith was placed on administrative leave during April 2010, while the Berkeley Unified School District investigated his behavior.

    The school district settled the lawsuit in February, by paying the victim $57,700 and requiring Smith to keep his office door open and blinds up.

    Smith is also not allowed to pull students from class without permission from an administrator.