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Clearwater High teacher accused fellow teacher of assault



A math teacher at Clearwater High School filed suit against another teacher this month, claiming he assaulted her in the school's cafeteria.

According to the Dec. 2 complaint, 65-year-old Elizabeth Metropolis was sitting in the cafeteria one day when Clay Burkey, a 51-year-old fine arts instructor, “placed his hands on top of [her] head and temples squeezing and pushing down utilizing his body weight."

Metropolis says the incident happened in 2011. In the suit, she seeks a trial and $15,000 in damages, saying she suffered "bodily injury, "pain and suffering" and much more. See the full complaint here.

The attorney for Metropolis - Eduardo Latour of Latour & Associates in Tarpon Springs - could not be reached when a reporter called his law firm on Thursday, asking whether the case was still active. (Per Pinellas court records, it appears to be.)

Instead, the reporter was transferred to a woman named Connie who said the question was "tacky." Connie declined to comment further and declined to give her last name. "I'm the only Connie here," she said. "That's all you need to know."

[Last modified: Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:42am]


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