An elementary school principal who claims to have been 'mysteriously' sacked after posting political posts on her personal Facebook account, is now suing her former school for $500,000 (£373,302).
Amy Sacks was a teacher for 20 years before she was let go from Evergreen Elementary School in July. She is now saying she wants her job back, as well as damages for the 'emotional turmoil' she's been through.
On Thanksgiving Day Sacks posted a statement saying that the Superintendent of the district, Barbara Russell, 'decided that the First Amendment Freedom of Speech has no place in public schools and that teachers and administrators are unfit to serve if they hold and express political beliefs that are right of center'.
Now, her attorney has claimed she was 'mysteriously removed with little explanation', also stating that they believe that District Superintendent Russell made the decision because Sacks' posts were 'offensive, unacceptable, and unprofessional'.
One such meme that may have got her in trouble was posted to Instagram and Facebook at the height of the Black Lives Matter movement in the summer.
It read: "Due to Covid, we're gonna need people to riot from home and destroy your own s***."
She also posted many conspiracy theories, with one of them suggesting that the pandemic was deliberately created to remove Trump from office.
It read: "If you think the coronavirus panic in an election year right after three failed coup attempts against Trump is a coincidence? You might be as dumb as a rock!"
Her Thanksgiving statement read: "Many of you know that I am no longer the Principal of Evergreen Elementary at this time. However, the circumstances surrounding this situation have been kept quiet until now.
"I am reaching out to you today to share with you that as Principal of Evergreen Elementary School I was terminated because I expressed right of center political views - PRIVATELY.
"Political memes caused me to lose my job. Nothing that I did was even borderline unacceptable - they were simply political viewpoints.
"However, Perkiomen Valley School District and Superintendent Barbara Russell have decided that the First Amendment Freedom of Speech has no place in public schools and that teachers and administrators are unfit to serve if they hold and express political beliefs that are right of centre.
"This cancel culture within the public school system has to stop.
"I was Principal of one of the best performing elementary schools in Pennsylvania and still fell victim to being cancelled out by liberal bureaucrats who don't believe in diversity of thought, speech, opinion, or political affiliation.
"With the support of my husband and family, I have decided to challenge the school district by filing a lawsuit against them to save my job. I hope to lead by example and inspire others to stand against the erosion of our constitutional rights in America."
The former teacher's lawyer said: "At no point was Amy advised to get counsel, nor was she informed of her rights; instead she was viciously threatened with career ruination if she tried to contest anything happening."
According to her lawyer, Sacks' termination was approved by the school board, but she then is said to have resigned.
Her lawyer added: "The conduct was wildly illegal. Amy has a near absolute right to free speech on her private Facebook account. Furthermore, before any action can be taken against a public employee, Due Process requires that the school provide her notice of the charges against her."
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