All Sections

Home | Courts

Ex-Nashua school board chief sues superintendent, city for $1.5m

New Hampshire Union Leader

June 20. 2018 12:19PM

Former Nashua Board of Education President George Farrington is suing Superintendent Jahmal Mosley’s office for $1.5 million for alleged civil rights violations, according to a suit he brought in U.S. District Court in Concord.

The lawsuit cites a confrontation that Farrington said he had with Mosley in March.

After that meeting, Mosley had Farrington legally prevented from entering the school district’s administrative offices, according to the suit filed Monday in federal court.

Farrington’s lawsuit maintains Mosley’s actions amounted to First Amendment retaliation and abuse of process while denying him due process.

The lawsuit names as defendants the city, Mosley and Nashua police officer Jaime Abrams.

Farrington had made a public records request and went to pick up the documents in late March, the suit states.

According to the suit, Farrington maintains Mosley confronted Farrington, who lost his seat on the school board last November. Farrington had not supported Mosley’s bid to become superintendent, the suit says.

After the confrontation, Farrington did not leave the building, so Mosley called police to have him removed.

Mosley wrote an email to Board of Education members saying Farrington was threatening him, according to the suit.

“I do not know where this aggression is coming from or how far this will go,” Mosley wrote.

“On this day, I phoned my children’s schools to inform them of a potential danger. That night, I had to explain to my children what occurred at central office and how to be safe. All employees should feel safe in their work environment, including me.”

Farrington’s lawyer, Richard Lehmann, writes that Mosley’s email was defamatory.

“That email created the misleading and false impression that Mr. Farrington had engaged in conduct that was threatening or created a risk of harm when in fact Mr. Farrington engaged in no conduct that would have caused a reasonable person, and did not in fact cause Dr. Mosley, to believe that Mr. Farrington’s behavior was in any way inappropriate, threatening or aggressive,” Lehmann said in the suit.

The suit said officer Abrams was added as a defendant because he offered to pursue a no-trespass order for Farrington not to be present at the school offices for one year.

The city, Mosley and Abrams had not yet received the suit; once they do they have at least 21 days to respond to it.

Courts Education Nashua Local and County Government

More Headlines