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Westlake High School Student Threatens Lawsuit After Suspension

Dominic Conti said he stood up for his sister and was suspended.

Dominic Conti was Westlake High class president until he was suspended for five days in October.

The 17-year-old senior said he and his father confronted a football player they say was sexually harassing his sister, a freshman at the school.

Dominic said the football player was "saying vulgar things, inappropriate to say on camera, even touching her, pushing her, things like that. The school was fully aware of it but they still failed to protect my sister."

The Contis said there was a scuffle and Dominic was suspended.

Administrators at Westlake High did not respond to ATVN's request for an interview, but Conejo Valley Unified School District Superintendent Jeffrey Baarstad released this statement:

"We respond immediately, and proactively to deal with allegations of sexual harassment when they are brought to our attention. We take responsibility to protect students from sexual harassment very seriously."

The Contis family is threatening to file a lawsuit if Dominic's suspension is not removed from his record.

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