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Meanwhile, there was more fallout in Georgia. An Atlanta-area school district suspended all marching band activities at 21 high schools over concerns of “inappropriate physical activity” between students. Two alleged victims of hazing at Florida A&M were in the Southwest DeKalb High marching band, which was one of those suspended.

“Our interest is in protecting students, the safety of the students,” said district spokesman Walter Woods, who would not say whether the inappropriate activity involved hazing. “We have notified schools to be vigilant of our existing policy, which is zero tolerance for harassment of any kind.”

In Florida, the state law enforcement agency sent letters to the head of the FAMU board and the head of the state university system, but they did not detail the potential fraud or misconduct, saying only that it involves school employees as well as “persons associated” with the university.


Court: Church can fire teacher living with lover and child

SANTA ANA — A Southern California church can fire an unmarried preschool teacher living with her boyfriend and their child, an appeals court has ruled.

Sara Henry filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after she was fired in May 2009 for living arrangements contrary to the religious beliefs of Tustin’s Red Hill Lutheran Church and its school.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana last week upheld a lower court ruling in favor of church.

The appeals court said that Miss Henry was fired because she lived with her boyfriend in a sexual relationship while unmarried, a violation of church belief. The court noted she wasn’t terminated because she had a baby out of wedlock.

Red Hill Lutheran said on its website that it is a member of conservative-leaning Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ, which was formed by several congregations that left the more liberal Evangelical Lutheran Church in America over theological differences.

From wire dispatches and staff reports