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Teacher Loses Bid for Info in R-Rated Film Dispute

(CN) - A teacher who was disciplined for showing an "R"-rated film to her class cannot compel testimony about a discussion the principal had with the school's attorney, a New York appellate division ruled.

Linda Clark, a teacher at Schuylerville Junior/Senior High School, was placed on administrative leave after showing the "R"-rated film to her students. She sued the school district and officials, alleging defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

The New York Supreme Court denied her motion to compel Principal Thomas Martin and the school's attorney, Jeffrey Honeywell, to give additional deposition testimony.

The appellate division affirmed, saying the statements fell under attorney-client privilege, and were confidential and private.

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