Emily Mais, formerly the assistant principal at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in Virginia, filed a lawsuit on Thursday against the state’s school board.
In the suit, Mais claims she was forced from her job in a vicious harassment campaign after she lost her cool during a mandatory “anti-racism” training session. The course, as so many of them are, was based on critical race theory, according to Mais.
The 45-page lawsuit was filed in Albermarle County by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian legal advocacy group, and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, including back pay and the obligatory attorney’s fees.
The problems began last year when Mais made the unconscionable error of using the phrase “colored people” (as opposed to “people of color,” which is apparently much more acceptable) while criticizing the “training session.” The lawsuit alleges that Mais was unlawfully pushed out of her job as a result of the “slip of the tongue,” for which she has apologized.
UPDATE: Virginia assistant principal harassed, forced out of her job after questioning harmful race-based teacher training
ADF attorneys represent former administrator in lawsuit against Albermarle County School Board https://t.co/ofQTibw20f
— Alliance Defending Freedom (@ADFLegal) April 18, 2022
The lawsuit goes on to claim that a black teacher’s aide took offense at Mais’ remarks, verbally abusing the assistant principal in front of the other attendees, and accusing her of “speaking like old racists who told people of color to go to the back of the bus.” That’s when the campaign of harassment began, with the apparent object of orchestrating Mais’ ouster from the school—in which purpose it succeeded admirably.
A number of Mais’ colleagues informed her that the offended teacher’s aide, along with her friends, began to slander her at work with various vulgar epithets, including “that racist white b*tch” and “that two-faced racist b*tch.”
Mais eventually took her concerns to the school’s principal, complaining that the verbal abuse was causing “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.” Predictably, according to the lawsuit, the principal refused to take any action.
On August 29 of last year, Mais finally submitted her resignation, leaving her job the next month. But not before she was compelled to apologize to her colleagues in what was, her lawyers claim, an act of “ritual shaming.”
“On information and belief,” the lawsuit claims, “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.”
Kate Anderson, director of the Center for Parental Rights, an arm of the Alliance Defending Freedom, issued a statement about the case: “Instead of training faculty members to embrace students of all races, Albemarle County 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.”
The Albemarle County school district has yet to respond to the lawsuit’s allegations.
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