Ex-librarian refiles suit over reading list dispute
Mansfield librarian has refiled a lawsuit that alleges three faculty members defamed him during a 2006 dispute over a required reading list for freshmen.
Scott A. Savage is suing Norman W. Jones, Hannibal Hamlin and Gary Kennedy in Richland County Common Pleas Court. Savage is seeking $25,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages from each of the three faculty members.
Savage, who characterizes himself as a devout Christian and member of the Religious Society of Friends, sought to have several conservative book titles included on the reading list. He claims faculty members maliciously attacked his character and damaged his reputation with e-mails and statements during spring 2006 faculty meetings.