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May 4, 2003


Judge dismisses suit against LHS principal

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he and his son, a heavyweight wrestler, were threatened by fans and cheerleaders after a controversial match at Lawrence High School.

Douglas County District Judge Robert Fairchild ruled that Michael D. Van Deelen failed to give notice required by law before suing a public official, but Van Deelen said he planned to refile the suit after he gives proper notice to the school board.

Van Deelen claims crowd members grew unruly after his son, Matthew, a wrestler at Shawnee Mission West High School, won a key match Jan. 7 at LHS, 1901 La.

He claims LHS principal Dick Patterson refused to protect him and falsely accused him and his son of "mooning" crowd members. Van Deelen claims Patterson held a grudge against him because of an unrelated lawsuit he'd filed against one of Patterson's colleagues, Shawnee Mission West principal Karl Krawitz.

Patterson smiled and shook his head as Van Deelen repeated his allegations in court Friday.

Schools: Free State RN receives school nursing award

The nurse at Free State High School was selected as 2003 Outstanding School Nurse of the Year by Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.

Paula Hatcher, the registered nurse serving students at Free State, was described as energetic, dedicated, generous and nurturing.

The third annual Outstanding School Nursing Awards honored 10 school nurses for their achievements during an awards banquet last weekend in Overland Park. Nearly 130 school nurses and guests attended.

Kansas University's School of Nursing was one of the sponsors of the awards program.

Community: Marines honor teen's fund-raising proficiency

Not long after he finished his two-hour walk to raise money for the fight against cystic fibrosis Saturday, Scott Wedman found himself being honored by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Wedman, 16, Lawrence, was named an honorary Marine during a ceremony at Southwest Junior High School, 2511 Inverness Drive. The school was the kickoff site for this year's Great Strides 10-kilometer walk.

Marine Gunnery Sgt. Ed Amadis, above center, with Kansas University ROTC, presented Wedman with a T-shirt and a proclamation.

Wedman single-handedly raised more than $30,000 for this year's Great Strides. He has raised nearly as much money for the event in past years.

Wedman, who suffers from cystic fibrosis himself, was taken aback by the ceremony. "I really don't know what to say," he said.

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