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Former dean who lost job over sues school district

May 1, 2019

BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire school administrator says in a lawsuit she was wrongfully fired for testifying about the job performance of a guidance counselor who was sentenced for sexually assaulting a student at another school.

Zanna Blaney, Bedford High School’s former dean of student services, sued the school district in federal court Tuesday. She wants her job back.

In July, she spoke at a sentencing hearing on behalf of Kristie Torbick, a former Bedford counselor who Blaney supervised. Torbick later worked at Exeter High School. She pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student there.

Blaney’s contract wasn’t renewed. She says she was fired for providing truthful testimony protected by the First Amendment.

WMUR-TV reports officials with the Bedford School Board said they aren’t authorized to speak about the lawsuit at this time.