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Glasgow School District files motion to hold Howard County coroner in contempt of court

The attorney for the Glasgow School District said Wednesday it has yet to receive documents from the Howard County coroner that were ordered to be turned over by a judge earlier this month.

Glasgow’s attorney Thomas Mickes said coroner Frank Flaspohler had until Oct. 11 to turn over copies of transcripts made during an inquest held back in January. The inquest investigated the suicide of Kenneth Suttner, a Glasgow high school student who killed himself over alleged bullying that occurred at school and at his workplace.

Mickes filed a motion to hold Flaspohler in contempt of court on Oct. 13.

“Filing a motion for contempt was not something we wanted to do, but it seems to be the only way that we can get the coroner’s compliance with the court’s order,” Mickes said.

The school district is also asking for attorney fees in the latest motion.

“A lot of taxpayer dollars being spent on this from the Howard County standpoint and from the school district standpoint,” Mickes said. “I think they both have better uses for the funds.”

Flaspohler and his attorney will have to appear in court on Nov. 1 to prove why he should not be held in contempt of court. Flaspohler’s attorney, Richard Hicks, declined to comment on the latest filing Wednesday.

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