FALLON, Nev. A Nevada judge says he dismissed a high school music teacher’s lawsuit against the school newspaper because there was nothing known to be untrue in the article she claims damaged her reputation.
Kathy Archey, a teacher at Churchill County High School in Fallon, filed the lawsuit March 5 over an article published in January about parents’ allegations that Archey withheld student audition tapes for a state musical competition.
“There is not a single sentence contained in the school article which is false or known by any district defendant to be false,” Churchill County District Judge William Rogers wrote in the Aug. 10 decision.
The lawsuit alleged that the faculty adviser to the student paper, The Flash, was the driving force behind the article because his son was one of the students who didn’t make the cut for the auditions.
The suit said Archey has followed the same procedures in each of her eight years at Churchill High and submitted all voice tapes of students who qualified for auditions to join the honors choir.
“The publication of these concerns by a student author/editor in a student newspaper serves to communicate this information directly to (Churchill County School District) ...