The battle between some Inglewood High School employees and the principal has gone from the classroom to the courtroom, with both sides filing lawsuits claiming emotional damage and harm to their reputations.
Delores Ridgeway, who was a computer lab technician at the school, filed a $1-million lawsuit early this month claiming that Principal Lawrence Freeman slandered her when he allegedly told her in the presence of others that she was allowing drug dealing in her lab. She claims she suffered emotional and physical damage as a result.
She also named the Inglewood School District in the suit.
Ridgeway had filed a claim with the district in October asking for damages because of Freeman's alleged remarks. The claim was denied.
Ridgeway has since been promoted to head of computer operations for the district.
Freeman filed suit last month for an unspecified amount of damages against the Inglewood Teachers Assn.; the union's president, Alma Davis, and three of its representatives; its parent union, the California Teachers Assn., and its executive director, Jacques Bernier; five Inglewood High School teachers and Ridgeway.