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Lawsuit dismissed over firing of former Aberdeen principal

Cloyd Garth, Jr.

A federal judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed over the termination of a former Aberdeen High School principal.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 2:43 PM

ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) – A federal judge has dismissed a federal lawsuit filed over the termination of a former Aberdeen High School principal.

Cloyd Garth, Jr., sued the school district and state conservator Mac Curlee over his firing last June.

The federal lawsuit says his termination violates the First and 14th Amendments.

He accuses Curlee of attempting to dissuade Garth from applying for a superintendent position because Curlee told him the Mississippi Department of Education wanted a white person for the position.

The lawsuit also claims he was fired less than a month after an employee evaluation and after signing a contract with the Aberdeen School District.

He says Curlee denied him a hearing over his termination.

He says the reason he was given for his dismissal was falsifying time cards.

After reviewing the case, a federal judge issued a ruling Monday dismissing the case because Curlee had qualified immunity for the actions he took in removing Garth.

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