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VA Supreme Court refuses Richmond principal's appeal on defamation suit

The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday refused former Richmond school principal Denise Lewis' petition for rehearing of her defamation lawsuit against parents at her school. (Source: Richmond Public Schools) The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday refused former Richmond school principal Denise Lewis' petition for rehearing of her defamation lawsuit against parents at her school. (Source: Richmond Public Schools)
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday refused a former Richmond school principal's appeal of her defamation lawsuit against parents at her school.

Former Lucille Brown Middle School Principal Denise Lewis filed the lawsuit last year claiming several of her students' parents defamed her when they wrote a letter complaining about the circumstances at their children's school and asking for new leadership. The note eventually was published on StyleWeekly.com

Lewis asked for millions in damages, but her case was dismissed by a Richmond Circuit Court judge in August and an appeal to the Virginia Supreme Court was refused in March. Lewis petitioned for a rehearing, but Friday the justices denied the request.

Richmond School Superintendent Dana Bedden temporarily reassigned Lewis from Lucille Brown Middle School to the central office to avoid any distractions and issues after the lawsuit was filed. Lewis, who made $82,944 as principal according to salary records, is no longer with the school system.

Experts worried the suit could hurt the school's culture when it was filed, as district leaders have traditionally encouraged involvement and pleaded with parents to play a role in their child's education.

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