The plaintiff alleged that her employer, the School Board of Escambia County, had committed retaliation in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1946, as amended, 42 U.S.C. §§ 2000e-2000e-17.
This case caused tremendous consternation to the entire district, and has cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars, and has dragged on for more than two years.
On Tuesday, the Judge granted the School Board's second motion for summary judgement. from the order
"Broughton's position throughout this case has been that her son was harassed by teachers and other students and that he did not deserve being blamed for things that happened. All of her conclusions about whether and how B.B. was harassed come from what B.B. told her, which is inadmissible hearsay."
"....Broughton has not come forward with admissible evidence raising a genuine issue of material fact whether the removal was causally connected to the protected activity. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED:
1. The defendant School Board's objections to portions of the affidavits of Craig Broughton, Thelma Roby, Karen Broughton, and Jerome Watson (doc. 98) are SUSTAINED.
2. The defendant School Board's second motion for summary judgment (doc. 84) is GRANTED.
3. The Clerk shall enter final judgment in favor of defendant School Board and against plaintiff, Karen Broughton.
DONE AND ORDERED this 25th day of September, 2012"
Read Judge M. Casey Rodgers Order here