Lawsuit against ex-PV wrestling coach dismissed

The Daily Times staff
Former Piedra Vista High School wrestling coach Levi Stout listens April 10, 2014, during a Farmington Municipal School District Board of Education meeting at Piedra Vista High School in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Farmington Municipal School District officials and former Piedra Vista High School wrestling coach Levi Stout.

Doneva and Brian Littlefield claimed in the lawsuit filed on Dec. 23 that Stout hurt their 14-year-old son's academic and athletic success after the wrestling coach forced the boy to compete under a false name in December 2013 at a tournament in Reno, Nev.

The New Mexico Activities Association suspended Stout from coaching for 180 days in April 2014 as a result of the incident. Piedra Vista High School further issued a letter accusing Stout of seven infractions and decided not to renew his coaching contract in March 2014.

The Littlefields claimed in the lawsuit they were "ostracized and villainized" by the school's wrestling community after the popular coach's dismissal. They alleged their son's constitutional rights were violated and sought unspecified damages on his behalf.

However, U.S. District Judge Robert Brack dismissed the lawsuit Aug. 21 after finding that the Littlefields failed to establish the school district and its officials infringed on their son's fundamental rights.

"The court agrees that Defendant Stout's conduct was improper and potentially unlawful," Brack states. "... (But) the conduct here was not conscience-shocking."