Kennedy v. Dexter Consolidated Schools - New Mexico Court of Appeals

Kennedy v. Dexter Consolidated Schools

By New Mexico Court of Appeals

  • Release Date - Published: 1998-02-03
  • Book Genre: Law
  • Author: New Mexico Court of Appeals
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FILED: 02/03/98 Certiorari granted, No. 24,995 Filing Date: February 3, 1998 APPEAL FROM THE DISTRICT COURT OF CHAVES COUNTY R. W. GALLINI, District Judge Michael L. Stout OPINION 1 {1} In March 1992 Dexter High School student Monica Fresquez reported to her teacher, Randy Ragland, that a ring she had left on her desk was missing. The investigation of the ring's disappearance eventually led to the strip search by school personnel of the two Plaintiffs, Crystal Kennedy and Randy Ford, both of whom were students in Ragland's class. They sued Dexter Consolidated Schools (the School District) and six school employees involved in the investigation, claiming violations of their civil rights. After a jury trial the district court entered judgment against five defendants (the Defendants): the School District, School Superintendent James Derrick, Dexter High School Principal Donald Warren, high school counselor Kent Perry, and Sue Rodriguez, the principal's secretary. Kennedy and Ford were each awarded $50,000 in compensatory damages. Kennedy was also awarded punitive damages of $50,000 against Warren and $25,000 each against Perry and Rodriguez; and Ford was awarded $50,000 in punitive damages against Warren and $25,000 against Perry.

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