Vermont school principal fired after criticizing BLM rejects school’s offer to settle

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A former school principal in Windsor, Vt. is sticking to her guns after district officials fired her for the heresy of speaking skeptically about Black Lives Matter, reports the Valley News in New Hampshire.

Tiffany Riley earned the disapproval of her school board by making a Facebook post on her personal account in June 2020 that read, “I firmly believe Black Lives Matter, but I DO NOT agree with coercive measures taken to get this point across; some of which are falsified in an attempt to prove a point.”

Riley went on to say that “(w)hile 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.”

The former principal of Windsor School filed her lawsuit in early summer of 2020, a few weeks after she was placed on paid leave from her job as principal of the pre-K-12 school. She claimed to have been fired unjustly and that school officials had also infringed on her right to free speech. She also said the circumstances of her firing have hindered her from getting another job.

Documents filed on June 21 in U.S. District Court in Rutland reveal that the suit defendants made an offer to settle, with lawyers on both sides confirming this. The amount of the offer was not revealed.

Riley rejected the offer.

“There was an offer of judgment that was declined,” said William Meub, Riley’s Rutland-based attorney, said via email in December. “The case is continuing to move forward.”

“We were not able to reach an agreement,” said Pietro Lynn, the Burlington-based attorney representing the School Board and the Windsor Southeast Supervisory Union in the case.

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