What happens when you broadcast a Kendrick Lamar music video to a class of eighth-grade students? It appears that your community has lost $100,000.

This is what happened when a teacher at Vernon Center Middle School allegedly showed their students a’shockingly violent’ video of the rapper during a lesson.

A student’s father eventually sued the school board and town for causing ‘mental damage’ to his child.

The Connecticut municipality agreed to a $100,000 payment after the father, a police officer, filed a lawsuit over the claimed graphic nature and poor portrayal of the police department in the video.

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The complaint was originally brought in 2022, and the defendants were the town of Vernon, the instructor who displayed the film, and the board of education.


A Connecticut town has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle a lawsuit after a middle school teacher played Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’ music video in class. The lawsuit claimed the video’s negative portrayal of police caused emotional distress to a police officer’s son.

♬ Alright – Kendrick Lamar

It claimed the pupil experienced psychological anguish, including PTSD, and had to be relocated to another school as a result.

According to Town Administrator Michael Purcaro, the settlement deal with the father was’reached through negotiation’ and accepted on ‘advice of counsel’.

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According to the lawsuit, the incident occurred in 2020 and included a student who participated in a special education program.

You’re undoubtedly wondering which song fired everyone up, and it’s Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Alright’.

It was aired in an episode of the documentary Songs That Shook America.

The complaint alleges that “The video depicted police officers as murderers and contained other shockingly violent scenes and controversial statements about police officers.”

According to court records, the teacher knew the student’s father was a police officer before distributing the video and had previously been sanctioned for giving recordings to kids that violated school policies.

Following the incident, an associate superintendent of Vernon Public Schools stated that the instructor had broken Vernon’s Board of Education policy and state laws.

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The student concerned was immediately removed from the classroom, and the teacher was instructed not to make any further contact.

However, just one month later, in March, the teacher allegedly used Google Classroom to ‘criticize the student’s lack of writing abilities and effort on an assignment in a humiliating manner,’ according to the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the student experienced social withdrawal, PTSD, melancholy, shock, sadness, bewilderment, and other symptoms as a result of the almost hour-long movie.

It also says they experienced ‘personal embarrassment’ since their classmates ‘disassociated’ with them following the video due to their father’s employment.

Superintendent Joseph Macary told the Connecticut Post that the money will be used to reimburse the family for tuition now that the student has had to change schools.