The whirlwind of controversy around the apparent suicide of late high school principal Dennis Reeves intensified yesterday, with the school district and his alleged mistress accusing Reeves and his wife of harassment and a judge ruling a restraining order should stand, allowing his wife to pursue possible claims against the district.
In its unsuccessful motion to dissolve the restraining order, the district doubled down on accusations that Reeves harassed two district employees, including his alleged mistress.
Judge Baylor Wortham, of the 136th District Court, ruled that data, documents and material should be preserved as the Reeves family requested. He expanded the order to cover the Region 5 Education Service Center and its Executive Director Danny Lovett, who attorney Chip Ferguson said was instrumental in the hiring of Superintendent Tommy Wallis in March.
Wallis, who was on vacation fishing in Dallas with his son Tuesday, did not attend Tuesday’s hearing or special board of trustees meeting.
Wortham limited the scope of the order as requested by the school district’s attorney, Sara Leon, who called the requests “broad and overreaching.” The changes included allowing administrators to continue using their cell phones and computers for work.