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Judge dismisses Handley lawsuit

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A young woman suing her former teacher and principals from Handley High School has asked for her suit to be withdrawn from U.S. District Court.

District Judge Michael F. Urbanski agreed to dismiss with prejudice the case Monday at the request of Lennis Waldruff, according to online court records. Records indicate she'd made a motion to dismiss that same day.

According to www.uscourts.gov, a dismissal with prejudice means an identical suit cannot be filed later.

In February, Waldruff filed the $2 million suit against former Handley art teacher Adrian A. Ellis, then-Principal V. Douglas Joyner, then-Assistant Principal Ellen Wheeler and the Winchester School Board.

Court records indicate the suit was never served against the defendants.

Ellis was jailed for taking indecent liberties with a student and giving her alcohol, and later for probation violations. Waldruff's suit alleged while she wasn't the student involved in the criminal case, she was harassed because many of her peers thought she was, and Joyner and Wheeler didn't intervene.

The principals also tried to get Waldruff not to return to Handley, according to the complaint. It also claimed Joyner -- who in the meantime has taken an instructional job within the school division -- was aware of Ellis' inappropriate behavior, but didn't do anything to stop it.

Attorneys for Waldruff couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.

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