Judge dismisses racial discrimination lawsuit

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



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