Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill dismissed a lawsuit filed against St. Andrew's by Precious (deceased) and Crystal Martin a year ago. The Martins sought damages as they alleged the private school did nothing to protect their son from bullying. Mr. Martin died in a four-wheeler accident in Ridgeland last May. Judge Weill ruled in November that the claims filed by Precious Martin should be dismissed due to his death. Judge Weill dismissed the case in December and stated in his order that all parties agreed to the dismissal.
JJ reported on January 14, 2014:
The Martins enrolled their three children in St. Andrews in January 13, 2013. The children were in the sixth, fourth, and second grades. They claimed they paid a minimum of $39,595 in tuition and fees to St. Andrews. The Martins claim another fourth-grader subjected their child to "verbal and physical abuse". They state they notified the school about the problem as "early as August 27." The other child's parents complained to the school that Young Martin had then allegedly placed an "inappropriate comment" on the other child's Instagram page. (Don't know why a fourth grader has an Instagram page but I digress.) The school allegedly told the Martins no action would be taken about the Instagram caper as the even took place outside of the school. The complaint does not state whether the child was in the Klan.*
The Martins state their son claimed the other child "stomped and kicked him as well as called him names." They allege he told the teacher about the incident but nothing was done. Mr. Martin then filed an affidavit for assault against the fourth-grader in Hinds County Justice Court. They claimed the other child harassed their kid and "called him rude names" at school a few days later.
The Martins met again with the administration. They allege Headmaster Penick said if they did not withdraw the affidavit, the school would dismiss their son. He repeated the statement in an email sent to the Martins (p.31 below). Mr. Penick stated in the September 10 email the charges were filed without "allowing the school time to address the situation." (They were filed the day after the incident.) He also asked for their promise to work with St. Andrews and its "procedures" before using the criminal justice system. The affidavit was withdrawn.
The Martins allege various claims such as breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith, tort of outrage, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, conspiracy, and tortious interference with contract. The Martins asked for actual and punitive damages. The two sides are currently engaged in discovery. They have since withdrawn their children from St. Andrews.
*Mr. Martin said this correspondent was in the Klan on his radio show after he lost his fight to keep the Motorola settlement with Hinds County from public eyes.
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