“We do not intend to hire her back,” board Chair Elizabeth Burrows said. “We wanted to make sure we acted as quickly as we possibly could.”
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Tiffany Riley, the principal of Windsor High School in Vermont, has been laced on leave for a comment she made on social media about the Black Lives Matter movement. Riley’s Facebook post prompted an emergency meeting of the local school board which was “uniformly appalled.”
Professor Jonathan Turley writes at his blog:
Vermont Principal Put On Leave For Not Agreeing With Black Lives Matters
We have yet another teacher suspended or put on leave for merely expressing her opinion of Black Lives Matter on her personal Facebook page. After Tiffany Riley wrote that she does not agree with the BLM, the Mount Ascutney School Board held an emergency meeting to declare that it is “uniformly appalled” by the exercise of free speech and Superintendent David Baker assured the public that they would be working on “mutually agreed upon severance package.” The case magnifies concerns over the free speech rights of teachers on social media or in their private lives…
So what is the act that uniformly appalled the school board? Riley wrote:
“I do not think people should be made to feel they have to choose black race over human race. While I understand the urgency to feel compelled to advocate for black lives, what about our fellow law enforcement? What about all others who advocate for and demand equity for all? Just because I don’t walk around with a BLM sign should not mean I am a racist (sic).”
Turley contends that this is not about Black Lives Matter, but rather about free speech and the private lives of educators.
The statement from the school board is something to behold.
Mt. Ascutney School Board Statement
Jun 12 2020
Dear Parents, Caregivers, and Staff,
The Mount Ascutney School District Board was uniformly appalled by Principal Tiffany Riley’s recent Facebook post, which stated:
“I firmly believe that Black Lives Matter, but I DO NOT agree with the coercive measures taken to get to this point across; some of which are falsified in an attempt to prove a point. While I want to get behind BLM, I do not think people should be made to feel they have to choose black race over human race. While I understand the urgency to feel compelled to advocate for black lives, what about our fellow law enforcement? What about all others who advocate for and demand equity for all? Just because I don’t walk around with a BLM sign should not mean I am a racist [sic]”
The ignorance, prejudice, and lack of judgement in these statements are utterly contrary to the values we espouse as a school board and district. However, these statements were not alone. They were followed later by a follow up Facebook post, which acknowledged no culpability, expressed no specific contrition or empathy, and showed no humility. Because of this glaring miscomprehension of the situation, we feel unanimously that Ms. Riley’s continued role as our school leader damages the school and its students.
Katy Savage of the VT Digger has more:
“We do not intend to hire her back,” board Chair Elizabeth Burrows said. “We wanted to make sure we acted as quickly as we possibly could.”…
The post was quickly reposted and widely circulated within the school and wider community.
“It was a terrible misjudgement on her part to have posted that at all — that’s what we were responding to besides our individual feelings about the nature of the post,” Burrows said…
Superintendent David Baker said he was made aware of Riley’s Facebook post through a series of emails from parents the next morning.
“When the first parent sent me her FB post I thought her account had been hacked because the post was so insensitive to the recent plight of our minority community,” Baker said. “I called her and was shocked to hear that it was actually her post.”
This hysterical overreaction looks like a mixture of virtue-signaling and religion. The religion is progressivism, and all heretics will be purged.
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