Flint school district to pay $600k in harassment case

The Flint school district has agreed to pay $600,000 to a teacher who said she was coerced into a sexual relationship with a principal.

The teacher's lawyer, Glen Lenhoff, says the district accepted the recommendation of a mediation panel Thursday and won't take the case to trial in Genesee County.

Kelly Caudell was a teacher at Flint Northwestern High School when she had a sexual relationship with principal Fred White. Lenhoff says his client felt coerced because she was new to the school in 2008 and White was her boss.

Caudell says White continued to pursue her even after she became married. The principal denied any harassment and claimed the relationship was voluntary.

There was no immediate comment from the Flint school district. White now is retired.