Teacher fired for criticizing deadly riots in Chicago files civil rights lawsuit

Jul 29, 2021 by

A Chicago-area teacher has filed a civil rights lawsuit against her former school district, which fired her after she criticized deadly Black Lives Matter riots in Chicago last year on her personal Facebook page.

Jeanne Hedgepeth, who taught for roughly 20 years at Palatine High School in Illinois, commented on the violent Black Lives Matter riots that occurred across the country after George Floyd, a Black man, died while in police custody in Minneapolis.

In Chicago, 82 people were shot, and 19 died over that weekend.

One of Ms. Hedgepeth’s Facebook posts read, “I don’t want to go home tomorrow. Now that the civil war has begun I want to move.”

Another post said she found the term “white privilege” as racist as the “N” word. She also praised figures such as Candice Owens, a Black pro-Trump political activist.

When she returned from vacation, she found out the school board was holding a meeting in July considering her termination based on her social media comments. In a 5-2 vote, the board moved to fire her.

“As a result of the action taken against her, [Ms. Hedgepeth] has suffered substantial damages, including loss of income and employment benefits, loss of reputation, and personal humiliation and emotional distress, among other injuries,” read the lawsuit filed in the Northern District of Illinois last week.

Source: Teacher fired for criticizing deadly riots in Chicago files civil rights lawsuit – Washington Times

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