Case dismissed. That was the ruling from a Brunswick County judge in the case against the Brunswick County School Board. Yesterday's hearing was to decide whether the case would go to trial. Judge Thomas Locke didn't give a reason why he dismissed the lawsuit. According to the law he doesn't have to. The parents of South Brunswick High School student Windy Hager filed the suit, alleging the school did not do enough to protect their daughter from teacher and cross country coach Brent Wuchae. Wuchae and Windy Hager got married last year when she was just 16. The court room was silent for about ten minutes while Thomas Locke made his decision. Brent Wuchae's attorney George Roundtree said, "She certainly is relieved. Her husband I'm sure will be relieved. Whether this is the end of the saga as far as her husband is concerned or not, we don't know. We hoped it is." Hagers' attorney Robert Tatum said, "They started screaming at the school board way before the stuff at the end finally happened. And frankly they didn't have much of an opportunity to let Windy go in the direction that she went." Tatum says the Hagers plan to appeal the judge's decision. Windy is graduating from South Brunswick this year -- a year early.
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