A Mission Viejo High School instructor who is being sued by a student over the school's controversial devil logo will have a 500-mile trek to court after taking a new job in San Jose.
Terry Sheppard, a popular telecommunications instructor, vows he will fly back to Orange County whenever necessary to battle the lawsuit.
"I'm only one hour from Orange County by plane," he said. "I will be there."
Sheppard will leave the school Monday to join Media Arts Group Inc., a fine arts publisher, where he will be the director of electronic media.
"It was an offer that was difficult to refuse," he said. "But my leaving won't affect my position on the lawsuit."
Sheppard and former Mission Viejo High School student Jeremy Carlucci are scheduled to be in court May 30.
Carlucci, 19, claims Sheppard and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District punished him during the 1991-92 school year for wearing a devil logo--then banned by the school but reinstated last year--by lowering his grades.