Judge throws out former Sullivan North teacher’s mold lawsuit

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A judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by a former Sullivan North High School teacher who says mold inside the school made him sick. 

A Sullivan County Circuit Court judge ruled Michael Upchurch failed to make a claim in his lawsuit. 

In the $21 million lawsuit against the Sullivan County school system, the former vocational teacher claimed mold inside Sullivan North contributed to long-term health problems and forced him to resign. He also accused the school system of endangering students by covering up a mold infestation issue. 

SEE ALSO: Former Sullivan North teacher sues school system for $21M over mold

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It is unclear if Upchurch will be allowed to refile the lawsuit. 

The lawsuit was filed shortly after school officials announced Sullivan North High School and Sullivan North Middle School would be closed two days for mold clean up.

Sullivan County School Board Chairman Michael Hughes said tests came back positive for small amounts of black mold. 

Several students participated in a walkout to protest mold in the school. 

After the school was cleaned, a second round of mold testing detected no mold spores.

SEE ALSO: Sullivan North, mold and a lawsuit: A timeline of events

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