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Teacher complained of racism, says firing was retaliation

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A black teacher is suing for race discrimination after she was fired from her job at Park Center High School in Osseo, Minn.—after she complained about race discrimination.

The teacher had been critical of statements that the school’s principal and assistant principal made, calling them offensive to black students and staff.

The teacher decried a letter addressing “white privilege,” in which the principal used a racial epithet when recounting a childhood experience with racism.

She also objected when the principal showed a “Key & Peele” comedy video about a black teacher mispronouncing students’ names.

She shared her views with the assistant principal, who promised to meet with her later to discuss the matter. However, the meeting never took place.

The final straw appears to be an incident in which the assistant principal referred to some black students as “thugs,” a term the teacher said had a racially charged meaning.

The teacher alleges the administration retaliated against her for her statements, giving her poor evaluations. When the relationships became too poisoned, she requested a transfer to another school in the district, but that was denied. She was eventually fired.

Her lawsuit seeks reinstatement and lost pay.

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