School Librarian Amanda Jones Files Motion for New Trial Against Online Attackers

Jones won't give up the fight, even after a judge ruled against her in a civil case against those who launched personal attacks against her after she spoke at a public library meeting. 

A judge ruled against Amanda Jones, but the Louisiana school librarian is not giving up her fight against online attackers.

"For our students, my own child, and my community, I refuse to cower to bullies who are using children and scare tactics to score political points," Jones wrote on her website in announcing her new legal action. "That’s why I filed a defamation lawsuit, and why, despite the disappointment of an early ruling, I am going to keep pushing. I am concerned about the precedent this ruling sets for online bullies to freely and openly attack and defame hard-working educators and librarians as they use us as political pawns. When did it become acceptable to behave this way online and what is it teaching our children?"

The 2021 School Librarian of the Year has filed a motion for a new trial against Citizens for a New Louisiana, Michael Lunsford, and Ryan Thamesthose who attacked her online after she defended the right to access books at a public library meeting in her town. It is not a decision she took lightly.

[READ: Judge Rules Against School Librarian Amanda Jones in Civil Case]

"Over the past few weeks, I have prayed long and hard about my path forward, as well as spoken at length with family and friends," she wrote. "I decided I could not give up after the first round. That is why I filed a motion that asks the judge to reconsider her ruling and proposes an amended petition that restates my claims."

This fight comes at a personal and professional cost to those who take it on. In Jones's case, she will not only be liable for the court costs and legal fees if she loses, but she is also suffering the effects of the situation on her health.

"This battle is taking an enormous toll, to the extent that I will need to take a medical leave from my job in the spring," she wrote.

Below is the full text of Jones's post on her website:

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