Cheryl Nelson Sues St. Louis Public School Leaders Over Arrest

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Cheryl M. Nelson -- NOT happy with St. Louis Public Schools Administrators
On August 27, 2010, city police officers walked into the office of Cheryl M. Nelson, an employee of Ford Elementary School in Hamilton Heights.

They arrested her, informing her she was being charged with assaulting the new principal, Lisa Spann.

The charge has apparently been dropped, as no record of it exists in Casenet. But Nelson is now calling the episode a "fabricated" accusation meant to oust her from her job at the school, and has filed a federal lawsuit against St. Louis Public School leaders alleging the same. And more. A LOT more. 

(This isn't Nelson's first rodeo; she was one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that blocked public financing for developer Paul McKee's ambitious NorthSide Regeneration Plan. Her attorney in that case, Eric Vickers, is representing her in this case as well.) 

Below you'll see a copy of the lawsuit. It's not chronological, and -- to be blunt -- pretty hard to follow. But from what we can discern, Nelson alleges that her arrest occurred because of an "ongoing campaign of harassment, discrimination and retaliation" that was actually launched by Spann's supervisor, John Windom -- a man with whom Nelson has a long history of animosity (she filed a sexual discrimination complaint against him in 2008).

There's more drama in this 13-page complaint than the 2011 season at the Muny. But the defendants -- Superintendent Kelvin Adams, school board leader Rick Sullivan, and the school board itself -- seem to be calling the whole thing hogwash by filing a motion to dismiss all of the counts (read it after the complaint).
Cheryl Nelson Complaint v. STLPS

Here's the defendants' defense (specifically, a motion to dismiss):
SLPS Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

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SLPS has a history of doing this type cover-up operation.  They do it at the expense of losing awesome people and retaining their friends.  No wonder they're unaccredited SPANN is a product of Travis Lamont Brown, Jr and Pamela Hendricks (retired).  She's doing exactly as she has been taught and advised.   You cannot cut the tail off a snake and end its' life.  You have to cut its head off.  Getting rid of the SAB, Kelvin Adams (perpetuator of this tomfoolery), and the rest of those 1980 idiots and their hires changes the entire dynamic. Which might lead to academic growth.  Imagine that...working in the best interest of the students.  Wow!  While they try to claim Nelson as being crazy... a simple independent investigation will reveal the truth.  

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