- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A Portland principal who’s been on paid leave for nine months has filed a labor complaint saying her school is disciplining her unfairly over claims that she abused her partner.

County attorneys decided not to prosecute Marti Diaz after three principals said she hit her partner while the group was on a camping trip, The Oregonian reported (https://bit.ly/1IOdfdk ).

Prosecutors say they weren’t pursuing charges for several reasons, including a lack of witnesses, evidence and the 11-day delay between the incident and when the principals came forward. They also say Diaz’s partner, Penny Domm, did not want to pursue charges.

Diaz makes about $100,000 annually and had been in her third year at Kelly Elementary last fall when she was put on paid leave. Former Lane Middle School assistant principal Amy Whitney has taken over the role.

In Diaz’s complaint, she says she was “led out of (district headquarters) in handcuffs” over “false or exaggerated claims by the administrators present on the camping weekend, all of whom had been highly intoxicated at the time of the events.”

Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles said the three principals named in Diaz’s complaint have declined to comment.

“The fact Ms. Diaz filed the complaint does not mean the accusations accurately represent the events,” Miles said. “We will vigorously defend the complaint.”

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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