Items from my reporter’s notebook:
•The recent decision by the courts to rule in favor of the Barrow County School System and against Ashley Payne didn’t come as a real shock.
Payne had claimed from the beginning she was told she would be fired if she didn’t resign. In cases of “she said/they said,” rulings often go against the person making the complaint.
What is still surprising after several years of following this case is why this whole mess was a big deal to begin with? For the life of me, I can’t figure out why a picture posted on Facebook from a non-school event, was grounds for Payne to even be questioned to start with.