Retaliation For Opposing Critical Race Training, Claims VA Former Assistant Vice-Principal In Lawsuit
“she was branded a racist, severely and pervasively harassed, relentlessly humiliated, and ultimately compelled to resign from a job that she loved to preserve her mental health”
Emily Mais used to be the assistant vice-principal at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in Virginia. Then she objected to critical race training and everything changed.
She alleges that she was forced to quit after being branded a racist, and now she is suing the school board.
Caroline Vakil reports at The Hill:
Former administrator at Virginia school sues, says she was ‘branded a racist’ after objecting to teacher training curriculum
A former administrator at a Virginia school has sued the Albemarle County School Board in Charlottesville, Va., alleging in a lawsuit that she was “branded a racist” after objecting to a teacher training curriculum which she said embraces critical race theory, or CRT.
Emily Mais, a former assistant principal at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the county school board. At issue is the board’s use of a teacher training curriculum, which the lawsuit alleges “promotes racial division and encourages racial harassment.”
“The curriculum sets up a classic Catch-22, in which a white person’s objections to the content of the curriculum are simply evidence that he or she is a racist who needs further training on the curriculum,” the lawsuit claims.
“Unfortunately for her, Ms. Mais was caught in that Catch-22,” it continues. “When Ms. Mais complained about the curriculum and protested reverse racism, she was branded a racist, severely and pervasively harassed, relentlessly humiliated, and ultimately compelled to resign from a job that she loved to preserve her mental health.”
Robert Zimmerman of Behind the Black has more on this:
When Mais and other whites attempted to participate in these sessions, they were “…shut down or dismissed in front of other staff members and told they could not understand the topic because of the color of their skin.”
Mais subsequently found herself increasingly harassed and threatened by other teachers for her attempt to speak at this session, led apparently by the teacher who had run one session, Sheila Avery.
“Multiple employees” reportedly told Mais that Avery was “openly slandering” the administrator and “openly cursing about her and calling her vulgar names at work, telling other employees she was a racist and that she intentionally demeaned black people, and trying to turn other employees against her.”
Examples of slanderous phrases included, “That white racist b***h” and “That two-faced racist b***h,” according to the lawsuit. Mais allegedly reported this harassment to “numerous [district] officials, none of whom take any action to stop it.”
Faced with these constant displays of hate, Mais eventually was forced to resign. Her only crime? She rejected the district’s bigoted insistence that all whites are racists.
You can read the full complaint here.
Alliance Defending Freedom is defending her:
“Instead of training faculty members to embrace students of all races, Albemarle County school officials are using a curriculum that promotes racial discrimination,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kate Anderson, director of the ADF Center for Parental Rights. “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.”
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