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Civil suit filed against Mathews School Board

In a lawsuit filed late last month in U.S. District Court, the Mathews County School Board, as well as several individually named school employees and one member of the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office, have been accused of abuse of authority in allegedly misusing the state’s threat assessment process in order to unfairly target a student and remove him from school.

The civil suit, which was filed on Sept. 28 in the Eastern District of Virginia, Newport News Division, seeks compensatory and punitive damages, as well as an injunction enjoining the threat assessment process, reinstatement of the student, expungement of his school records, and an apology.

In the 30-page complaint, the attorney for the child’s parents allege that for a period of nearly four months, school employees “maliciously pursued a biased and covert investigation against a minor student … under the guise of the threat assessment process.

“At the end of the process,” the complaint continues, “they falsely con...

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