Ex-teacher de­nies send­ing school emails to blog­ger

The Covington News - - Front page - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Sonya Dawkins-Whit­tle, a for­mer Al­covy High School sub­sti­tute teacher, said Fri­day she never sent any emails to blog­ger Shan­non Black, coun­ter­ing state­ments Black made in a Thurs­day de­po­si­tion in the on­go­ing civil law­suit in­volv­ing Al­covy High School Prin­ci­pal LaQuanda Car­pen­ter and anony­mous on­line com­menters.

Black, a Rock­dale County ci­ti­zen and self-pro­claimed blog­ger on the New­ton Ci­ti­zen’s web­site, said in her de­po­si­tion she re­ceived nu­mer­ous emails from Dawkins-Whit­tle, but the lat­ter de­nies ever send­ing Black emails or even speak­ing with her for roughly the past seven months.

Ac­cord­ing to Black’s de­po­si­tion, she and Dawkins-Whit­tle met through Black’s for­mer room­mate,

who was Dawkins-Whit­tle’s aunt. While Dawkins-Whit­tle said Fri­day that was true, she said she didn’t know Black well and didn’t re­al­ize who she was un­til she saw her pic­ture. The last time the two spoke was through a Face­book con­fronta­tion “that got re­ally ugly” about seven months ago, ac­cord­ing to Dawkins-Whit­tle.

“I don’t even know how to get in touch with her,” said Dawkins-Whit­tle. “Since that con­fronta­tion, my mother and I no longer speak with her… She has never had a child at Al­covy High School, so I’m not sure why she’s at­tack­ing Dr. Car­pen­ter.”

Dawkins-Whit­tle did say that she had a fall­ing out with Al­covy High Princi- pal LaQuanda Car­pen­ter, but stop­ping short of call­ing it a con­fronta­tion. In her de­po­si­tion, Black said Dawkins-Whit­tle had “a con­fronta­tion with some­one.” Dawkins-Whit­tle said that she re­signed and had noth­ing to do with Al­covy High School for more than a year.

She also said that she has not had a com­puter up and run­ning in about six months and that she has all her emails saved to her phone, and in the 5,000 that she has saved, there are none from or to Black.

“As far as Shan­non Black…she’s just a joke,” said Dawkins-Whit­tle. “Ev­ery­thing that comes out of her mouth is prob­a­bly a lie. I’m not go­ing to have my name brought into this be­cause she dis­likes me over per­sonal con­flicts… I have three kids, a grand­baby and a child on the way. I don’t have time for that drama.”

Black has be­come a key fig­ure in the on­go­ing civil suit filed by LaQuanda Car­pen­ter against sev­eral anony­mous blog­gers on the New­ton Ci­ti­zen’s web­site, and, to date, is the only blog­ger to pub­licly ad­mit her iden­tity and said she has used the user­names KBeet, MsLoy and Shan­nonBlack. Her de­po­si­tion took place in the of­fice of Stephanie Lind­sey, who is rep­re­sent­ing Car­pen­ter in the case.

In re­lated news, eight more anony­mous blog­gers were dis­missed Thurs­day from the law­suit, in­clud­ing MsLoy and KBeet along with blueeyed­devil, amp72, new­ton­coun­ty­par­ent, wa­ter­mel­onlover, beau­ti­ful­blueyes and Satan69. Lind­sey did not re­spond to an email seek­ing com­ment about the dis­missals as of press time Satur­day.

Board of Ed­u­ca­tion Dis- trict 1 rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeff Meadors re­mains named in the law­suit; how­ever, he has for­mally de­nied blog­ging on the Ci­ti­zen’s web­site.

Car­pen­ter orig­i­nally sued 11 user­names of blog­gers on the Ci­ti­zen’s web­site, ac­cus­ing them of defama­tion for li­bel per se and li­bel based on harm sus­tained as the re­sult of defam­a­tory post­ings on the web­site.

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