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Former FIS administrator files suit

Former Farragut Intermediate School assistant principal Veronica Glover and her husband, Walter, filed suit in Knox County Circuit Court against Knox County Schools, Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Veronica Glover is seeking no more than $5 million for alleged health complications due to products used by KCS maintenance department for FIS carpet replacement.

Walter Glover is seeking no more than $1 million for “loss of consortium, society and services of his wife.”

In February 2009, Glover’s fourth year as assistant principal at FIS, KCS maintenance department officials informed Glover that old carpet in the school would be replaced with new carpet.

During the replacement process, faculty and students began complaining about a chemical odor and dust from the carpet replacement, the Glovers claim.

The suit alleges KCS “were negligent in their failure to properly use and/or apply the subject chemicals …”

When asked for a response to the suit, Knox County Schools Public Affairs Director Melissa Copelan said, “We can’t provide any thoughts or comments on anything in litigation.”

Also named in the suit are Para-Chem Southern, Inc. located in Simpsonville, S.C., and Dependable Chemical Co., Inc. located in Rocky River, Ohio, for products used in FIS carpet replacement.

Symptoms discussed among students and faculty at that time were “cold-like symptoms, hoarseness, sinusitis, allergy-induced asthma, bronchitis, coughing, nose-bleeds, and other symptoms,” the suit states.

Veronica Glover alleges she began experiencing shortness of breath and hoarseness, followed by night sweats, sneezing fits, itching in her throat and other symptoms associated with nasopharyngitis (the common cold) and bronchitis.

Veronica Glover made “several complaints/comments” to fellow staff members. In mid-March, KCS maintenance department attempted to detoxify her office and the school library, the suit states.

However, in May 2009, Veronica Glover was diagnosed with progressive degenerative motor neuron disease, the suit states.

The suit alleges KCS knowingly or should have known the products used in the carpet replacement were harmful to Veronica Glover, students and staff. Thus, KCS is allegedly at fault for her health problems she claims resulted in her time spent at KCS during the carpet replacement process.

The plaintiffs have requested a jury of peers.

Robert Pryor Jr is representing the Glovers. He is an attorney from the law offices of Pryor, Flynn, Priest & Harber located in downtown Knoxville.

According to the suit, Para-Chem’s product, 4099 High Performance Multi-purpose Adhesive, and Dependable Chemical’s product, Skimcrete XL, were used during the carpet replacement process.


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