The former principal of an elementary school in Pennsylvania is suing to get her job back – along with half a million dollars for “emotional turmoil” – after she was allegedly “canceled” in July by her school system.
Her crime? Conservative jokes and memes on her personal Facebook page.
The case is not unlike that of another Pennsylvania school principal, fired for calling Black Lives Matter a “lie” on his own Facebook account.
DailyMail.com reports that Amy Sacks, in education for 20 years, posted on Thanksgiving that the Perkiomen Valley School District and Superintendent Barbara Russell had fired her for her stated personal beliefs. Sacks had been relieved of her post as principal of Evergreen Elementary School in July.
Her attorney says she was “mysteriously removed with little explanation” and suggested Russell sacked her because she found her social media postings “offensive, unacceptable, and unprofessional” and believed Sacks to be “racist.”
“Due to Covid, we’re gonna need people to riot from home and destroy your own s***,” read one. Another accused politicians of being “professional looters” and featured an image of U.S. congressional leaders next to one of rioters looting stores.
Sacks’ Thanksgiving statement outlined the reasons for her sudden departure.
“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.”
No matter the content, Sacks’ lawyers believe that the school board’s actions were illegal and are now suing the District claiming she never received a required warning. The school board approved her termination but then stated that Sacks had “resigned.”
The lawsuit claims Superintendent Russell told Sacks that her posts had offended a parent who then got in touch with the school district.