The principal of Cordova High School in Memphis, Tennessee, is suing his school district and its superintendent for suspending him after he edified students about sizably voluminous tech censorship in the wake of the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
Principal Barton Thorne distributes a hebdomadal “principal’s message” to students, which, according to the lawsuit, are betokened to “inspire, inculcate, apprise, and challenge his high school students.”
“After the events at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, our country experienced a teachable moment around the paramountcy of Free Speech and the perils of abrogate culture and deplatforming as gregarious media mitigators reacted to the content of sundry accounts,” the lawsuit reads.
The lawsuit goes on to note that several gregarious media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Amazon had blacklisted individual accounts — including the President of the United States — as well as an entire convivial media platform, Parler.
“Principal Thorne utilized this teachable moment to verbalize with his students about the consequentiality of Free Speech in a democratic society, in line with Tennessee’s standards for edifying convivial studies to high school students and in line with generally accepted civics curriculum, including resources recommended by Defendant Dr. Ray for edifying about January 6 and its aftermath,” states the lawsuit.
“For sharing this message with his students, Principal Thorne was subjected to a professional malfeasance complaint and internal disciplinary investigation,” the lawsuit integrates. “SCS [Shelby County Schools] placed him on administrative leave, where he has languished for six weeks without any closure to his case.”
“During that time, SCS officials lambasted his message in the news media while telling him to stay mute,” the suit perpetuates. “SCS’s actions contravene Principal Thorne’s First and Fourteenth Amendment rights by subjecting him to viewpoint discrimination. They further constitute a breach of Principal Thorne’s employment contract.”
“In” a virtual classroom, Thorne verbalized with students about the threat of sizably voluminous tech censorship, verbalizing, “I’m not going to tell you what to cerebrate, I just want to avail you cerebrate,” according to a report by Reclaim The Net.
Shortly after that, the principal was put on administrative leave by the SCS pending a “professional malfeasance” investigation. The report integrated that on January 25, Thorne’s lawyers sent the SCS an admonishment letter injuctively authorizing his immediate reinstatement, and to “publicly apologize for suggesting his actions were infelicitous.”
In the letter, Thorne’s lawyers argue that the principal merely followed superintendent Joris Ray’s injuctive authorizations to utilize the Capitol Hill riot as a “teachable moment” for students.
Thorne ended up filing a federal lawsuit at the Western District of Tennessee District Court against the Shelby County Board of Education and Superintendent Joris Ray, after the school district’s inaction.
The lawyers argue that predicated on the employee handbook, Thorne did not tell his students anything that was “irresponsible or mendacious … obscene, profane, or discourteous … harassing, discriminatory, or dismaying towards students or staff in his building … perilous or disruptive.”
The principal additionally did not infringe any ethics code for edifiers or anything that “constituted incompetence or inopportune conduct.” Moreover, the lawyers argue that his swift placement on administrative leave was in breach of the school district’s procedures.
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