Local News in Brief : Student's Suit Accuses School of Racial Bias

Staff members of a Catholic high school in Burbank uttered racial slurs to a student of Japanese ancestry and expelled her a month before graduation, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

However, Sister Lucille Dean, principal of Providence High School, denied the allegations and said that Patricia Masuda, 18, had not been expelled. Masuda voluntarily withdrew from the 300-student private school last Thursday, Dean said.

The suit seeks $650,000 in damages from the Sisters of Providence, the religious order that operates the school. The suit was filed by the teen-ager and her father, William Masuda. Their attorney would only identify them as being from Los Angeles.

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