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Families settle Delaware school case

Two Jewish families settled with a Delaware school board over pressure on their children to become Christian.

The suit filed by the Dobrich family and another family allowed to remain anonymous against the Indian River School District in the southern part of the state was settled in a sealed agreement filed Feb. 21, according to a Web site that has closely followed the case, Jews on First.

The site reports that the agreement provides compensation and orders the schools to change practices. An accompanying unsealed court order perpetuating the anonymity of one of the families is attached.

The harassment started in 2004 when a pastor at a high school graduation ceremony singled out Samantha Dobrich, praying for her conversion.

When the family complained they were harassed and threatened, and a younger son, Alexander, was bullied at school with anti-Semitic epithets. The son in the anonymous family was pressed in his middle school to join a bible club. The Dobriches moved north to Wilmington as a result of the harassment.

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