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Parties answer federal suit against BoE
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All parties named as defendants in a federal lawsuit filed against the Liberty County School System and a former teacher have filed answers seeking to have the suit dismissed.

The civil suit, filed by attorney Eugene Felton Jr., stems from a 2010 incident where a Lewis Frasier Middle School teacher was arrested and charged with criminal intent to entice a child for indecent purposes and child molestation.

The suit alleges that that Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer, Assistant Superintendent Mary Alexander and then-LFMS Principal Tom Alexander conspired to handle the incident internally and failed to report math teacher Roosevelt Tazewell to authorities.

Attorney Christian J. Steinmetz filed response on behalf of the Liberty County School System and individual plaintiffs Scherer and and the Alexanders.

Attorney Andrew S. Johnson filed on behalf of Roosevelt Tazewell.

Both answers seek dismissal with prejudice and request that legal costs be cast upon the plaintiff, whose name is withheld to protect her privacy.

The Public Access to Court Electronic Records system indicates the case was assigned to Judge B. Avant Edenfield and referred to Magistrate Judge G.R. Smith in the Southern District of Georgia.

See more in Sunday's Courier.

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