Discrimination lawsuit against Va. principal withdrawn

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FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A discrimination lawsuit against a Fairfax County elementary school principal has been withdrawn.

Court records at the federal courthouse in Alexandria indicate that the lawsuit was dismissed last week.

Former and current school-system employees alleged sexual and racial discrimination by Marie Lemmon, the principal at Bailey's Elementary, Fairfax County's largest elementary school.

The plaintiffs alleged Lemmon retaliated against an assistant principal who became pregnant, and that she told multiple people she would only hire "pretty, young blondes" because they make better teachers.

A school-system spokesman and a lawyer for the plaintiffs did not respond to questions about whether any kind of financial settlement was part of the dismissal.

The school system sent a letter Tuesday to Bailey's parents expressing support for Lemmon and her "outstanding leadership."

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