Blair settles

Blair Hornstine, who sued her school district for $2.7 million for trying to name a co-valedictorian, has settled for $60,000, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. She’ll get $15,000; the rest will go to her lawyers.

Blair Hornstine was reviled for filing a lawsuit to prevent a classmate from sharing valedictorian honors; she felt compelled to skip her graduation ceremonies. Due to the publicity, her plagiarized newspaper articles were revealed; Harvard withdrew its acceptance. Poetic justice can be harsh.

It appears Hornstine will not start college this fall. If she did get in somewhere at the last minute, her family has kept it quiet. Well, she’s supposed to have some variation of chronic fatigue syndrome. She could use a year off.

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  1. By the rules of the district, she should have been valedictorian–but I can’t see how they assigned a monetary value to her loss.

    $60,000 sounds way, way too high. She deserved to win with a $1 token award.

    As for college, *shrug*. I guess she’s as deserving of education as any other kid, plagiarist or not. I wonder who will accept her after all this…

  2. By the rules of the district, she should have been valedictorian–but I can’t see how they assigned a monetary value to her loss.

    $60,000 sounds way, way too high. She deserved to win with a $1 token award.

    As for college, *shrug*. I guess she’s as deserving of education as any other kid, plagiarist or not. I wonder who will accept her after all this…

  3. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear the Blair Hornstine story was written by Aesop.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  4. If I didn’t know better, I’d swear the Blair Hornstine story was written by Aesop.

    Be careful what you wish for.

  5. Alex Bensky says:

    As is often the case, the school board allowed itself to respond to the waving red cape when a bit of finesse might have been much more effective.

    Here’s one possible approach: once the awful Hornstine family sues, undercut the suit by returning to the original, one valedictorian solution. It’s not evident that the Mirkin family are such as to have sued in turn, and in any event, he would have had a much weaker case. With intelligent drafting the board’s public statements could have been truthful and not actionable while making sure their meaning got across.

    Then proceed with the graduation ceremony strictly according to plan. My guess is that the audience would have made its views known loudly. The community makes its point and Blair and her thug of a father have no grounds for legal complaint.

  6. Alex Bensky says:

    As is often the case, the school board allowed itself to respond to the waving red cape when a bit of finesse might have been much more effective.

    Here’s one possible approach: once the awful Hornstine family sues, undercut the suit by returning to the original, one valedictorian solution. It’s not evident that the Mirkin family are such as to have sued in turn, and in any event, he would have had a much weaker case. With intelligent drafting the board’s public statements could have been truthful and not actionable while making sure their meaning got across.

    Then proceed with the graduation ceremony strictly according to plan. My guess is that the audience would have made its views known loudly. The community makes its point and Blair and her thug of a father have no grounds for legal complaint.

  7. I wonder if the Hornstines should sue the lawyers for taking 3/4 of the settlement, you know, because it detracts from the full measure of Blair’s accomplishment in winning a settlement?

  8. I wonder if the Hornstines should sue the lawyers for taking 3/4 of the settlement, you know, because it detracts from the full measure of Blair’s accomplishment in winning a settlement?

  9. Probably be a bad idea to sue the lawyers, the lead lawyer has represented high profile organized crime figures. Judge Hornstine doesn’t want to sleep with the fishies.

  10. Probably be a bad idea to sue the lawyers, the lead lawyer has represented high profile organized crime figures. Judge Hornstine doesn’t want to sleep with the fishies.

  11. Suing a school for an award is not worth dumping a scholarship to Harvard!

  12. Suing a school for an award is not worth dumping a scholarship to Harvard!