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Arabic school principal’s rights were not violated

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Free speech protections don’t apply to on-the-job speech, a U.S. District Court judge ruled, ending round one of Debbie Almontaser’s legal bid to regain her job as principal of the Khalil Gibran International Academy in Brooklyn, the first Arabic-themed school in New York City.

Almontaser resigned under pressure last year after she refused to condemn a student T-shirt bearing the word “intifada,” telling a reporter the word means “shake off.” Almontaser went on to say that the word means different things to different people and implies violence to many.

The judge noted that Almontaser was instructed by the school’s press staff not to discuss the T-shirt in her interview. Her case is headed to trial on other issues.

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