The Barrow County School District recently changed its mind how it first responded to the allegations of Ashley Payne, but it is still denying her claims and is seeking relief for its troubles in the lawsuit, aside from attorney fees.
It has been nearly two years since the former Apalachee High School English teacher initially alleged she was wrongfully forced to resign because of a Facebook posting in which she’s holding a beer while on vacation in Germany.
Payne retained an attorney following her departure from the district and filed suit against it in September of 2009.
Within two months, the district filed its first response to Payne’s allegations, admitting and denying her claims as to what happened on that day.
This month, the district has made some amendments to its first response.
One difference includes changing the word “unacceptable” to “inappropriate,” with regards to specific instructions Payne and other teachers were given at AHS regarding online activities.
Payne’s Atlanta attorney Richard J. Storrs said Tuesday that the court filing is just routine paperwork, similar to the motion for summary judgment the district filed in June, which contains the deposition of both Payne and AHS Principal David McGee, as well as affidavits from former Barrow County Schools superintendent Robert Saunders, former human resources director Ann Cronic and McGee. However, Storrs said Payne just this week filed her response to the district’s June paperwork, although a copy could not be obtained before deadline.
For the full story, see the July 27 issue of the Barrow Journal online or in print.
Imagine being fired for doing something while on vacation in another country that is not illegal or inappropriate in that country or this country, but was only found offensive by a local Bible thumping hate monger who hacked into your private Facebook account by posing as a "Friend"!
Never mind that the Facebook page was also in no way associated with the school district and required the "thumper" to login using one of the teacher's "friends" account names (an illegal act known as hacking).
God save us from big brother disguised as another hate filled Christian.
If you have information on Ms. Payne's account being hacked by any Barrow employee(s), I'm sure she and her attorney would love to get their hands on that info. From what I've seen in the media, it seems that Ms. Payne still has no idea who posed at the "parent" who supposedly accessed her private/restricted FB account and saw such "inappropriate" content. Contact her attorney if you have any legitimate information!