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O.C. teacher opposed to cat dissections sues school district

A former English teacher at Newport Harbor High School is suing Newport-Mesa Unified, alleging that district administrators retaliated against her after she publicly questioned the need for students to dissect cat carcasses. Karen Coyne claims in her Orange County Superior Court lawsuit that the district and several employees created a hostile work environment, violated her free speech rights and transferred her without her consent. Coyne is seeking a year of salary and benefits, which amount to about $84,000, plus unspecified damages for emotional distress and pain and suffering. Newport-Mesa officials declined to comment. Coyne, a vegan and animal rights activist, was the advisor...

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