Thursday, March 09, 2006

Second Confederate flag-related suit filed in Knoxville

Last week we posted a story about students suing an East Tennessee school over its policy banning the Confederate flag.

Yesterday, a new suit was filed by a student charging hassassment by a teacher because she is the girl friend of one of the plaintiffs in the first suit.
    KNOXVILLE, TN -- A lawsuit filed today in U.S. District Court seeks $10 million in damages from Blount County education officials for harassment of a female high school student.

    Both the lawsuit and a request for a temporary restraining order filed simultaneously allege that William Blount High School Principal Steve Lafon threatened the minor student and ?took close up pictures of [her] thighs,? with no other students or school employees present, in a pair of jeans her teacher, Mark Williams, claimed violated the school?s dress code. Williams has been named as a co-defendant in the suit, together with the entire Blount County School Board.

    The incident occurred on March 3, only hours after Lafon had been served with a lawsuit stemming from the school?s ban on images of the Confederate flag. The female student whom Lafon allegedly forcibly photographed is the girl friend of one of the student plaintiffs in that case, and today?s suit claims that Lafon?s actions against her were in retaliation for the first suit. Williamson had sent several other students to the office for reported violations of the dress code, but only the girl friend was subjected to being photographed, the suit states.

    Knoxville Attorney Van Irion filed both complaints and represents plaintiffs in both actions. The Southern Legal Resource Center of Black Mountain, North Carolina, is acting as co-counsel. The SLRC is a nonprofit legal organization that specializes in cases involving Southern heritage and culture.

    The motion for temporary restraining order requests that the female plaintiff be transferred out of Williamson?s class at once, and that neither Williamson nor Lafon be allowed within fifty feet of her.


At 9:52 am, Anonymous Confederate said...

Interesting blog...a good read.

A Cassville Heritage Association member, Cassville, Georgia

At 7:34 pm, Anonymous SCV Member said...

Interesting blog. I'm always interested in anything to do with the civil war, especially in the area of Bartow County, Georgia. I'm an active member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV).

SCV member
Bartow County History

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