A public school teacher is suing his Washington school district claiming that he was berated by the principal for wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat — violating his constitutional right to freedom of speech.
The teacher, Eric Dodge, worked in the district for 17 years until a recent leave because he had a stroke.
When Dodge was returning to teach science during the 2019-2020 school year at Wy’east Middle School, he says that he faced severe harassment and bias from principal Caroline Garrett, district human resources manager Janae Gomes, and his coworkers due to his political beliefs.
According to the complaint, Dodge suffered “emotional devastation” and a “recurrence of debilitating stroke symptoms” after being “verbally attacked and defamed by his new principal for the political opinions he held as a private citizen — specifically, statements in support of President Trump.”
The recurrence of his stroke symptoms left him unable to return to work.
“As a public employer, the school district must respect its employees’ constitutional rights, and it must create a safe and non-partisan environment that is open to everyone,’’ read a statement released Wednesday by Michael Estok, an attorney representing Dodge. “Relatedly, as the Supreme Court of the United States has recognized, public employees ‘do not renounce their citizenship when they accept employment’ with a public entity; rather, they continue to enjoy the same rights — including under the First Amendment — that form the bedrock of civil society.”
“Here, even though Mr. Dodge was a respected and long-standing teacher in Evergreen’s schools, upon just beginning his new assignment at Wy’east Middle School, he was ridiculed and attacked — and was even threatened with disciplinary action — by his new principal simply because he had previously expressed support for President Trump,’’ Estok’s release continued.
Prior to the beginning of the new academic year, Dodge had attended two days of staff training sessions at the school. The first day was a training on “racial equity” and “implicit bias.” He says that he had the hat with him, as some of the training was outside, but did not wear it in the school building.
A district investigation found that he did nothing wrong by having the hat with him.
Still, other teachers were infuriated that someone would dare to support the president of this nation on a school campus.
“On Aug. 22, Dodge arrived for racial equity training at the school, and had put on the “Make America Great Again” hat on his way into the building. In his lawsuit, Dodge said he had previously purchased the hat as a “conversation-starter, with the idea of explaining that ordinary and normal people support Trump, despite some of Trump’s flaws,” and to protect his head from sun damage. Dodge said he removed the hat once he entered the building,” the Columbian reports.
Several of the teachers complained to the training seminar instructor and administrators about the hat. A teacher named Amy Matsumoto, told investigators she was “shocked” that he would wear the hat to that seminar specifically and said that their Latino and Mexican students may be “uncomfortable” if he were to wear the hat to class.
After the training ended, Principal Garrett confronted him about “the impact he was having on the learning environment of his colleagues,” some of whom felt “worried, upset, threatened and intimidated,” according to the investigation.
She claims that she told him to “use good judgement” and that the confrontation ended there.
The next day, Dodge left his hat in his car, but went and got it for an outdoor training to protect his head from the sun. The principal then received a text from a “concerned” teacher and decided to approach him about it once again.
Garrett claimed that she simply explained that his coworkers were concerned, Dodge recalled the incident drastically differently.
According to the Columbian report, the lawsuit alleges that Garrett became “aggressive and hostile,” demanding to know “what is the f—ing deal with you and your hat?” Dodge also claims Garrett berated him, calling him a “racist,” “bigot,” “homophobe,” “liar” and “hateful person.”
Dodge filed a complaint with human resources, but claims that they too were biased and unfair with him. He claims that the district tried to get him to withdraw his complaint, but he refused.
Eventually it escalated to a private meeting of the school board and ten days later Garrett resigned after ten years on the job. She received all her accrued vacation and sick leave and a severance equal to her salary from April 2 through June — roughly $150,170.
Estok’s statement said that “this attack was particularly devastating because Mr. Dodge had just returned to working after an absence to rehabilitate from a stroke. The hostile environment created by the principal caused his previously-resolved stroke symptoms to immediately return. These symptoms — including a verbal stutter and a loss in coordination — have now made Mr. Dodge unable to teach or continue his livelihood. Even worse, when Mr. Dodge filed an internal complaint, the principal — who had a well-established practice of pushing her own political ideology at the school and creating a double standard with her staff based on their political beliefs — worked in concert with the district’s HR director to minimize and distort what had happened, in an effort to protect the principal’s position and to further harm Mr. Dodge.’’
Dodge was initially placed on administrative leave by the district, but later transferred to an unpaid leave of absence. He has already used all of his sick leave earlier in the year.
Communist Hammer and Sickle Painted on North Carolina WWII Memorial
The names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”
The Communist hammer and sickle symbol was spray painted on a North Carolina World War II Memorial over the weekend.
The memorial in the Evergreen Cemetery in Charlotte honors over 500 people from the county who died in the war.
The vandals also wrote “Glory to the day of heroism June 19, 1986,” a likely reference to the violent Communist Party of Peru.
“On June 18, 1986, the Shining Path began to protest the Peruvian government’s use of torture on its members and their movement to different prisons,” the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported when another statue was vandalized with the same message in May. “Although the Peruvian government at first tried to negotiate with the Shining Path, the members refused, he said, and the government sent troops into the prisons the next day — bombing two facilities and executing inmates who were in the Shining Path.”
Over 200 people were killed.
“That day immediately began to be called ‘The Day of Heroism.’”
Fox News reports that a portion of the WWII monument that read, “Dedicated to the memory of the Mecklenburg heroes of World War II who made the supreme sacrifice that you might live in liberty, freedom and peace,” was also covered in yellow paint.
Wayne White, a US Air Force Vet, rounded up some friends and is working to help clean up a Charlotte WWII memorial after seeing on social media that it had been defaced. @FOX46News pic.twitter.com/KvrglFBwfN
— Jonathan Monté (@JonMonteFOX46) June 22, 2020
Air Force veteran Wayne White gathered friends to help clean the memorial after seeing that it was defaced on social media. He told Fox 17 that the names on the memorial “are veterans and deserve the honor, respect, and dignity.”
You Love To See It: Rich Writer Cheers Rioters Burning Poor Areas, Calls Them ‘Animals’ When They Get To His
This is the best “life comes at you fast” of all time.
A rich NBA writer was gleefully cheering as Minneapolis rioters burned down poor neighborhoods, but quickly changed his tune when they got to his area.
Chris Martin Palmer, a well known sportswriter, was tweeting things like “burn that sh-t down. Burn it all down,” when the rioters burned down an affordable housing project that was under construction.
Just days later, the riots began to creep closer to his home in a Los Angeles gated community, at which time the rioters became “animals.”
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) May 31, 2020
“They just attacked our sister community down the street. It’s a gated community and they tried to climb the gates. They had to beat them back. Then destroyed a Starbucks and now are in front of my building. Get these animals TF out of my neighborhood. Go back to where you live,” Palmer wrote, referring to the lower income areas they previously destroyed.
“Tear up your own shit. Don’t come to where we live at and tear our neighborhood up. We care about our community. If you don’t care about yours I don’t give a shit,” he added.
As he got called out on Twitter, he pretended that he only supported “peaceful” protesters all along, and wasn’t cheering for the arson.
“Make no mistake about it those who were looting were not protestors. They were criminals who just blended in. Hell bent on stealing and property destruction. When the legit protestors left midday everything went off the rails,” he wrote.
When someone tweeted at him saying “you can’t be with the chaos one minute then when it’s at your front door you switch it up,” to which the hypocrite replied “you better damn well believe I can.”
He was ratioed, of course.
Hilariously, Palmer also attended the riots and bragged about being tear gassed, in someone else’s neighborhood, of course.
First time I got hit with tear gas. pic.twitter.com/erYoEqbngS
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) May 31, 2020
Yo! There's gonna be a rally near my house tomorrow. They never have rallies in rich neighborhoods. I'm scared to go! I don't want to be around people.
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) May 30, 2020
The people who “don’t care” about their communities are people like this elderly disabled woman who now has no where to shop. She tearfully told a reporter that “George is in a better place than we are,” and said that she wanted to “go where George did,” as she watched the rioters destroy her neighborhood.
This is who the rioters are hurting.
They’re not hurting the police. They’re not hurting the people who they think are “oppressing them.” They’re hurting people like this. It’s sick. pic.twitter.com/htfM5r90qW
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) May 30, 2020
Funny how Palmer believes the destruction is all fun and games until it threatened him, even though he can actually afford to lose — unlike the woman above.
Nick Fuentes Does America First Groyper Chant on Live TV
“GROYPER! GROYPER! GROYPER!”
Nicholas Fuentes, one of the leaders of a growing America First movement in the United States, bravely crashed a Florida news report to do a “Groyper” chant.
Fuentes hosts a political commentary show on DLive that has thousands of regular viewers.
Meanwhile here in Tampa, it appears some boogalooers got on TV to do a white supremacist chant pic.twitter.com/yPMnktabZ8
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) May 31, 2020
Riots have been sweeping the nation after a black man died in the custody of Minneapolis Police on Monday. There have been murders, arson, kidnappings, and countless businesses have been destroyed by looting.
On Saturday, a white shop owner was stoned by a mob who was trying to loot his business. He appeared to be in critical condition. Another elderly white man was brutally jumped by the mob for trying to defend himself and his vehicle, before they turned his car over and lit it on fire.
As “Conservative Inc.,” the mainstream Republican organizations, continue to cave to pressure from leftists and silence, exclude, or “cancel” more and more interesting right-wing figures and voices — a dissident right has began to grow and organize.
From forming their own student groups, to organizing events that counter the “gatekeepers,” this movement, which largely believes in stopping immigration, ending senseless wars, and putting America’s citizens first, has been making major waves.
In the fall, the “Groyper War” took aim at more neoconservative figures on the right and asked tough questions during their speaking events.
During the “Groyper War,” Rep. Dan Crenshaw infamously told a young right-wing student who asked him a question about Israel at an event that he would “regret” doing so. Ben Shapiro gave a 45 minute long speech calling the Groyper students asking questions, and Fuentes, who became the de facto leader of the Groyper movement “alt-right.”
The dissident right also hosted an event to counter CPAC, called the America First Political Action Conference (AFPAC). The event featured speeches from “cancelled” right-wing figures, including Fuentes, plus former Daily Caller editor Scott Greer, American Identity Movement’s Patrick Casey, and conservatice icon Michelle Malkin.
Malkin’s gained the disdain of neoconservatives when she refused to disavow Fuentes and other young America First students during the “Groyper War.” Her refusal to participate in the cancel mob lead to her being removed as a speaker by the Young America’s Foundation (YAF).