Depositions set in Alcorn County teachers’ lawsuit

djournal-Court-News2By Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The lawsuit filed by two Alcorn County teachers against former Alcorn Central Middle School principal Dan Burcham continues in Alcorn County circuit court with depositions from the two plaintiffs set for Feb. 13, 2014.

Janet Walls Holley and Stephanie Leigh Eaton filed suit in August. They claim Burcham, using his cellphone, had taken inappropriate pictures and videos of them, causing them to suffer severe psychological illness for which they have had ongoing medical treatment and have needed to take prescribed medications as a direct result of Burcham’s actions.

Those actions, they claim, include taking close-up pictures of women’s breasts and rear ends without permission, and they said he carried out this conduct with other women as well, while being observed by several school employees. They further contend Burcham’s “sexually perverse behavior” was established at the due process hearing held by the school district in late March.

Burcham was suspended and later fired from his job with the Alcorn County School District after an investigation of the allegations, almost a year to the date before the scheduled depositions.

He was stripped of his educator’s license in September.

Burcham filed a response to the lawsuit in October through his attorney, C. Maison Hedelberg of Ridgeland, denying all of the allegations.

Holley and Eaton seek actual and punitive damages for invasion of privacy and intentional and negligent infliction of mental distress.

The depositions are scheduled to be taken in the Tupelo offices of their attorneys, Waide and Associates.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com