A Virginia vice-principal who claims she was forced out of her job after using the term ‘people of color’ during mandatory ‘anti-racism’ training has filed a lawsuit against the school board for allegedly failing to intervene against staff bullies who called her “white”. racist female dog.’
Emily Mais, who left Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in September, filed a lawsuit against the Albemarle County School District last Thursday, claiming she was harassed after a ‘lapse’ while She was protesting Critical Race Theory (CRT) training.
She claimed that school and district officials ignored her complaints as co-workers allegedly called her a “two-faced racist bitch”, and that she was even more ashamed when she was forced to s apologize before leaving the district.
The lawsuit states: ‘Upon information and belief, from start to finish, the apology meeting was carefully orchestrated by district officials to humiliate, shame and traumatize Ms Mais for an accidental slip to set an example of her and to communicate to other district employees the kind of punishment that would occur if anyone dared to question the new reigning anti-racist orthodoxy, which is racist at heart.
Emily Mais, who resigned as vice-principal at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School in September, said she was forced out of her job following harassment from colleagues who called her a “bitch white racist” after using the term “people of color”. ‘
But said she suffered a ‘slip’ when she protested a compulsory ‘anti-racism’ training session at school, which she believed was racist against white educators
But, who had served as deputy director since 2018, had challenged the training which took place on March 26, 2021, where staff held a meeting with Glenn Singleton, author of Courageous Conversations About Race.
The district was learning from the courageous conversations about race by Glenn E. Singleton, whom the Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia criticized for including critical race theory.
The book was criticized by Jillian Barlow, the Superintendent of Public Instruction of Virginia, for including CRT in her lectures for teachers.
But thought the training focused on how white people are the “perpetrators of systematic racism” who enjoyed “white privilege” and that it would have promoted the idea that white and black students should be treated differently, depending on the court case.
When Mais spoke out against the formation, she claimed she meant to use the term “people of color,” but inadvertently said “people of color,” a pejorative term used to refer to black Americans during segregation.
That’s when she claims Sheila Avery, a black teacher’s aide attending the training, verbally approached her and began insulting her behind her back along with other colleagues who allegedly called But of racist.
But claimed she cried and complained to the school principal, Michael Irani, who allegedly fired her and failed to stop the bullying which continued until September, creating an environment hostile job that forced her to resign.
Albemarle County School District spokesman Phil Giaramita said the district has yet to be officially serviced and as such has not had the opportunity to review the Mias claims.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal advocacy group that helped Mais pursue legal action, said Mais had legitimate complaints against the party, which they said was racist and broke the law of the state banning the teaching of CRT in schools.
The lawsuit claims the training staff were racist and But was wrongly called racist by colleagues when she spoke out against it.
“Instead of training faculty members to welcome students of all races, Albemarle County school officials are using a curriculum that promotes racial discrimination,” said ADF senior counsel , Kate Anderson, in a press release.
“The training sets up a classic Catch-22: it encourages all staff members to ‘speak their truth’, but when a white person like Emily worries about divisive content, she is seen as a racist who has need more “anti-racism” instruction.
“Emily believes that every person is made in the image of God and is entitled to equal treatment and respect and refuses to participate in the use of harmful ideology to indoctrinate students, teachers or staff” , added Anderson.
Virginia has been at the forefront of the battle against CRT in schools after parents in the Loudoun Country School District protested the district’s spending of more than $32,000 on CRT coaching for staff members. Last year.
This sparked nationwide protests against CRT, with Virginia Governor Glenn Youngkin signing legislation earlier this year banning the teaching of CRT in schools.