Ex-teacher's lawsuit on track for February trial

ABERDEEN – Cathy Lindsey’s lawsuit against the Lee County School District will go to trial Feb. 8, but it will be short several claims.
Lindsey sued the school district in May 2007, as well as Temeka Shannon, Angie Cherry, then-Superintendent Johnny Green and Johnny Dye in their official and individual capacities.
The special education teacher claimed she was retaliated against and pushed out of her job after making reports about special education deficiencies at Verona Elementary School.
Among the defendants, Shannon is listed as Verona Elementary principal; Cherry as special ed coordinator; and Dye assistant superintendent. Dye no longer holds that position but still works in district administration.
Monday, Senior U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson granted their motions to find in their favor against Lindsey’s claims she was defamed, that her privacy was invaded and on her request for punitive damages.
Lindsey apparently conceded earlier to dismissals on these claims.
But Davidson supported Lindsey against the defendants’ motion to rule for them in her claims she was retaliated against.
“The court finds that genuine issues of material fact exist,” the judge wrote, “and that the defendant has failed to show that it is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.”
He also said, anyway, that the court has discretion to allow her claims to go to trial.
Lindsey is asking for her job back or at least back pay and future pay, and attorneys fees.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or patsy.brumfield@djournal.com.

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