Albuquerque schools settles with man banned from meetings

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque Public Schools has settled a lawsuit with a man who was banned for board meetings for "disruptive behavior" and subsequently filed a lawsuit claiming his First Amendment rights had been violated.

Charles MacQuigg will get $480,000 in attorney's fees and $95,000 in damages to settle his lawsuit.

Board members said they took the action because MacQuigg would shout out during board meetings, hover over administrators and once donned an elephant mask that made employees and members of the public feel uncomfortable and unsafe.

APS board President Don Duran declined to comment Monday.

Last year a judge ruled against the Albuquerque Public Schools board's decision to expel MacQuigg, granting him an injunction to return to the meetings.

MacQuigg says he will no longer regularly attend meetings because he is done fighting APS.

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