NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A former guidance counselor and assistant principal has filed a defamation lawsuit against a principal who is at the center of the investigation.
Hillhouse High School Principal Kermit Carolina says the lawsuit brought against himself and his lawyer is no surprise at all. He's confident in the end his name will be clear, but both parties say they're trying to destroy each other.
"I challenged her to be better and in challenging her she resisted," said Carolina.
That's what first came to mind in December when Principal Kermit Carolina was first accused of grade tampering at Hillhouse High School. Once again the same thought as his former assistant principal and guidance counselor Shirley Love Joyner has filed a defamation lawsuit against him and his lawyer, Michael Jefferson.
News 8 sat down with Joyner and her lawyer who spoke for her.
"At one point Mr. Jefferson said Joyner did it," said Joe Garrison, Joyner's attorney. "Basically saying it wasn't Mr. Carolina that committed any wrongdoing, it was Miss Joyner reporting the wrongdoing and that was totally false."
Carolina says his reputation has been hurt as well. This latest lawsuit comes after Friday's meeting where Carolina spoke out against grade tampering allegations.
Seven out of the eight charges where unproven.
The eighth is still under investigation. It alleges that a teacher changed a course description for two student athletes to deceive the NCAA.
Carolina says there's no way he could have done that and says he has proof.
Politics are also being brought into the mix.
Carolina says because he didn't support Mayor DeStefano in the last election, that Joyner convinced DeStefano to hold a last minute meeting before Christmas to bring the grade tampering allegations against Carolina. DeStefano denies that.
"At the very least it's false and we expect to show that it is," Garrison said. "That this was motivated by her having performed poorly. That's not true. She was a really good employee."
"We're looking forward to that day in court where my attorney puts Joyner on the stand and holds her accountable for this reckless action that has damaged not only my school, but myself as an administrator," said Carolina.
The grade tampering investigation is far from over. Carolina and his attorney are crafting a response.
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