Monday, June 16, 2003
Judge Jones dismisses claims against school principal in Dickenson County student case
In Rasnick v. Dickenson County School Board, Judge Jones of the W.D. Va. granted summary judgment for the defendant school principal, where the plaintiffs claimed that she should be held liable under 42 U.S.C. 1983 as a supervisor for failure to prevent a teacher's improper sexual acts toward them. The Court concluded in essence that the the plaintiffs could not avoid summary judgment without presenting any evidence at all, and that the principal's affidavit was enough to support her qualified immunity defense.