Judge Dismisses Va. Teacher's Mold Lawsuit

December 23, 2010

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Suffolk teacher who claimed she suffered respiratory problems and other ailments because of high levels of mold at the school where she worked.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Cristina Hood, who taught fourth grade at Booker T. Washington Elementary School during the 2007-08 school year, sought $1.5 million for violation of her due process rights.

She alleged that school officials knew about the mold, did nothing to solve the problem and deliberately exposed her to harmful conditions.

U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson granted the school board's motion to dismiss the suit earlier this month.

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