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Judge rules against Barrow teacher

WINDER -- A judge has ruled against a former Barrow County Schools teacher who resigned in 2009 after a question over content on her Facebook page.

Superior Court Judge David Motes filed a decision Oct. 3 regarding former Apalachee High School teacher Ashley Payne's lawsuit to regain employment with the system, according to Robin Stansell, civil support clerk with the Barrow County Clerk of Courts office.

The Barrow County School System had recently filed a motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit.

Barrow County Schools contended Payne asked to resign after the school principal told her she would be suspended because of content on her personal Facebook page, according to court documents filed in July.

The school district's response stated that Payne was "informed that the district disapproved of her Facebook activity which promoted alcohol use and contained profanity and which was viewed by a student."

Her lawsuit stated she was forced to resign over the matter.

Payne's lawsuit stated that then-principal David McGee "went so far as to have his administrator assist Ms. Payne in drafting the resignation (letter), so as to exclude any mention of the true reason Ms. Payne was forced to resign."

Calls and emails to Payne's attorney, Richard Storrs, were not returned as of Wednesday.