Claim vs. school teacher is dismissed
Substitute teacher Ronald Morley sued a teacher and the Grand Rapids Public Schools after the private entity who employs substitutes for the school system indicated it would no longer assign him to schools. A teacher in a Grand Rapids elementary school had reported to her principal the observations of three of her co-teachers that Morley was inappropriately friendly with a disabled 13-year old in her class. She gave specifics and made it clear that she was making no accusations, but merely reporting the "red flags" that concerned her. The school sent the letter on to Professional Educational Services Group, which then informed Morley that he would no longer be assigned. He sued for defamation. The Court held that the teacher's and the school system's responses were appropriate within their governmental duties and therefore they were immunce from Morley's claims of negligent or intentional misconduct.