The education administrator says she was forced to quit her job after she reportedly used the term colored people during mandatory anti-racism’ training. The assistant principal says she school board failed to intervene against colleagues who reportedly called her a ‘white racist.’ The woman, who served as assistant principal since 2018, has filed a lawsuit against the school board. According to the lawsuit, a black teacher’s aide attending the training began insulting her behind her back with other colleagues who allegedly branded the assistant principal as a racist.
The former elementary assistant principal from Virginia, Emily Mais, says she left the Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in September. The woman has filed a lawsuit against the school district last week, claiming she faced harassment when she was protesting the training based on Critical Race Theory, the New York Post reports.
According to the lawsuit, the woman also claims the school and district officials ignored her complaints as colleagues allegedly called her a “white racist b—-h” and “that two-faced racist b—-h”, and that she was further shamed when she was forced to apologize before leaving the district.
“On information and belief, from beginning to end, the apology meeting was carefully orchestrated by district officials to humiliate, shame, and traumatize Ms. Mais for an accidental slip of the tongue in order to make an example of her and to communicate to other district employees the type of punishment that would occur if anyone dared question the new reigning anti-racist orthodoxy, which is racist at its core.” the complaint reads.
On March 26, 2021, the school staff held a meeting with Glenn Singleton, author of Courageous Conversations About Race. According to the assistant principal, the training was focused on how white people are the perpetuators of systematic racism who enjoyed white privilege and that it allegedly promoted the idea that white and black students should be treated differently.
According to the Daily Beast, when she spoke out against the training, she claims she wanted to use the term, ‘people of color,’ but inadvertently said ‘colored people,’ a pejorative term used to refer to black Americans during segregation.
A black teacher’s aide attending the training began insulting her behind her back with other colleagues who allegedly branded the assistant principal as a racist.
According to the lawsuit, the assistant principal was brought to tears and complained to School Principal Michael Irani. She complained that the harassment was causing her substantial emotional distress, preventing her from focusing on her job, and making it impossible for her to effectively manage the employees involved in the harassment, the Daily Mail reports.
Unfortunately, the principal allegedly dismissed her and failed to stop the bullying that continued through September, creating a hostile work environment that forced her to quit.
The lawsuit was filed by conservative Christian legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom and it’s seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages.
Director of the Alliance Defending Freedom Center for Parental Rights, Kate Anderson, released the following statement:
“Instead of training faculty members to embrace students of all races, the school officials are using a curriculum that promotes racial discrimination. The training sets up a classic Catch-22: It encourages all staff members to ‘speak their truth,’ but when a white person like Emily raises concerns about the divisive content, she is deemed a racist in need of further ‘anti-racism’ instruction. Emily believes every person is made in the image of God and entitled to equal treatment and respect and refuses to participate in using harmful ideology to indoctrinate students, teachers, or staff.”