McCOMB, Miss. (AP) - An attorney for a former Amite County
principal and coach says he will appeal the dismissal of a racial
discrimination lawsuit against the school district.
A federal judge dismissed the $10 million lawsuit filed by
former Amite County High School principal and track coach Charlie
Floyd in a 42-page decision handed down July 28.
U.S. District Judge Tom S. Lee ruled that Floyd failed to prove
the issues he outlined in the suit.
Greg Spyridon, Floyd's attorney, said he plans to appeal the
case to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.
"I'm certain the 5th Circuit will reverse the decision and send
it back for trial," Spyridon said last week.
The lawsuit claimed racial discrimination, breach of contract
and bad faith termination, emotional distress, civil conspiracy and
"We're going to fight this to the end," Floyd said. "I'm not
guilty of what they accused me of; I want my name cleared; I want
to have my day in court. I want justice. "
Floyd was first suspended and then fired by the school district
in 2002 for several alleged violations, including improper handling
of tobacco violations by students, problems with student records,
removing physical science courses from the high school curriculum
without authorization, holding track and field events without
informing the school board, failing to fulfill his duties as
principal and failing to complete student schedules in a timely
Floyd appealed his firing, which was upheld in 2003. He claimed
his dismissal was the result of a vendetta against him by school
Information from: Enterprise-Journal,
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