Robert Foster (Chairman of Grundy County School Board) and Jessie Kinsey (Director of Grundy County Schools) have filed a complaint against Kasey Kilgore Anderson (school board member) for damages for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
The complaint states Anderson is liable for common law acts of defamation of character, and/or intentional infliction of emotional distress. It further states Anderson is the administrator and frequent contributor to a Facebook organization called Grundy County Advisory Committee which has more than 1,700 people who follow Anderson’s posts. Anderson has posted on Facebook defamatory content falsely accusing that Foster and Kinsey have attempted to cover up alleged child abuse, with knowledge of its falsity. (The entire Facebook thread as of June 20, 2017, is attached to the complaint as Exhibit A)
The complaint seeks compensatory damages for both Foster and Kinsey.
The two attorneys noted in the complaint for the defendants, Eric Burnette and Michael Thomas, have issued a joint statement:
“It is unfortunate that a member of the Grundy County School Board is trying to push her personal agenda. Ms. Anderson is attempting to terminate the Director of Schools despite all evidence showing that the school system is doing better than ever under her care. When Ms. Anderson was unable to terminate Ms. Kinsey during the meeting the other night, Ms. Anderson took to Facebook and made knowingly false and defamatory statements about the Chairman of the Board and the director of Schools.
“We believe that the statements made were in direct contradiction to the advice of the School Board’s attorney.
“Further, Ms. Anderson has been made aware of the findings of the DCS investigation – specifically, that that there was insufficient evidence to support allegations of the complaint.”
GCH will be following this story and will attempt to contact all parties for further statements.
See this Grundy County Herald for a summary of the school board meeting referred to above.