The Camden Board of Education has agreed to pay $500,000 to seven students who were made to eat their lunch on the floor as punishment.
The February 2008 incident sparked racial tensions in the city because of the way a group of 15 Puerto Rican fifth graders was punished for spilling a jug of water. State education officials ruled that the punishment was improper but not racially motivated.
Under the settlement, the students will split $280,000. Their lawyer will get $220,000. The school board did not admit wrongdoing. - AP