Board to discuss threatened lawsuit against Williamson schools


Board to discuss threatened lawsuit against Williamson schools

The Williamson County School Board will discuss a threatened lawsuit against the system at Thursday night’s work session meeting.

The school board in its April meeting considered but denied an offer to settle the lawsuit, but details of what was on the table were not released and discussed in an executive session prior to a vote.

A drafted complaint was released by the school system following a public records request by Home Page Media Group in April. It was first provided to the board’s legal counsel.

Lawyers out of Chattanooga and Jackson wrote the federal complaint that has yet to be filed. The Board of Education and District 12 representative Susan Curlee were listed as the defendants.

The eight-page complaint requests a jury, damages for the harm caused to plaintiffs and mandatory training for personnel responding to bullying involving a child with a disability. It also asked to include mandatory training on maintaining confidentiality of educational records and protection of the rights of a child who has been bullied in a school environment.

According to the draft complainant, both the parents and the school responded to the incident with their child, who was shown in the video striking another student. The principal then reported the incident to school Superintendent Mike Looney.

The complaint stated from that point an edited video was leaked to the media, resulting in a narrative that John Doe was the bully.

Emily West covers Franklin and Williamson County government and schools for Home Page Media Group. Contact her at emily@franklinhomepage.com. Follow her on Twitter via @emwest22.

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