Former Virginia administrator critical of CRT sues school board, alleges nasty harassment after ‘slip of the tongue’

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A former Virginia school administrator is suing the school board alleging that, after a “slip of the tongue,” she faced a racially hostile environment that forced her out of her job last September.

As an assistant principal at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School, Emily Mais participated in a training session that centered around a book entitled “Courageous Conversations about Race.”

The book, which has been in use in the Albemarle County School District since 2019, assigns “positive and negative characteristics to people based on race,” according to Fox News. It teaches that white people, whom the book calls the “dominant race” are the only ones who can be guilty of racism.

“‘Courageous Conversations’ was mentioned in a February report, initiated by Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s first-day executive orders aimed at reviewing and identifying ‘divisive concepts’ in Virginia’s public schools. The report, from Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Balow, cited the book ‘as an example of critical race theory-based curricula in Virginia schools,'” Fox News reports.

Mais asked a question about one of the slides used in the session and mistakenly used the term “colored people” instead of “people of color” — a “slip of the tongue” for which the administrator’s lawyer, Kate Anderson, said Mais immediately apologized.

The unfortunate gaffe, alleges the lawsuit, led to Mais being the target of severe harassment and humiliation.

“Another teacher who was in that training began berating her in front of others, even though she had apologized,” Anderson told Fox News. “The district started calling her into meetings and telling her that her apologies didn’t matter. They didn’t care if it was a slip of the tongue.”

According to Anderson, it was Mais’s fundamental objection to the lessons taught in “Courageous Conversations” that led to the hostile environment.

“She’s branded a troublemaker for speaking out against a policy that was overtly racist to students,” said Anderson.

“It told teachers that they had to treat students differently based on their race,” Anderson explained. “Teach them differently, grading them differently, discipline them differently.”

And when Mais expressed concerns regarding the curriculum, alleges the 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.”

The complaint claims that Mais took her problem to her principal, Mike Irani. When he refused to take any action, Mais, in August, submitted her resignation and in September, she resigned. Late last week, she filed a complaint against the Albemarle County School board.

On social media, the subject of Mais appears to be as divisive as Balow’s report claims it to be.

“Nobody accidentally says ‘colored people,'” tweeted one user. “She grew up with it is why she said it.”

Another simply quoted “Slip of the tongue” and attached a gif of Debra Jo Rupp laughing hysterically.

But not all Twitter users are against the former vice-principal.

“Good for her,” wrote one user. “Finally someone standing up to all this ridiculousness.”


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