A California superintendent was placed on leave last week—nearly a year after she allegedly bullied members of a girls’ high school softball team for not applauding loud enough for her daughter during a ceremony.
The Poway Unified School District placed superintendent, Dr. Marian Kim Phelps, on administrative leave following a months-long investigation into the harassment allegations of the incident.
According to a lawsuit first obtained by NBC San Diego, Phelps and her daughter “J.P.” became upset when the varsity softball player received the team’s MVP award and didn’t receive loud enough applause compared to other players who received awards during a team banquet last spring.
The 93-page suit was filed on Nov. 27, by “Jane Doe,” an unnamed Del Norte softball pitcher, and her father against the school district, Phelps, and other school district employees claiming violation of their freedom of speech, along with emotional distress, harassment and more.
Phelps is accused of beginning her “investigation” the night of the banquet by texting and calling a senior varsity member, who was a minor at the time, without permission, with the intent to interrogate her.