David Beebe, a former employee of the College dismissed in October following his arrest for threatening remarks (“Heating plant operator arrested,” Oct. 22, 2008), has filed a defamation lawsuit against the College.
According to the suit filed by Beebe’s lawyer, he is suing for $95,000 in lost wages and compensation to date, as well as anticipated lost wages of a cost to be determined later.
The suit claims that as a result of the publicity and campus-wide e-mails surrounding his dismissal, Beebe has, among other things, encountered difficulties finding employment.
Following his initial arrest on allegations of threatening to commit the crime of murder, Beebe stood trial in Northern Berkshire District Criminal Court. In April 2009, he was acquitted of all charges.
Jim Kolesar, assistant to the president for Public Affairs, said, “The College acted appropriately regarding David Beebe and is prepared to explain that through the legal process.”