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Wed Jun 19, 2024, 09:21 AM Jun 19

Florida Republicans terrorized a teacher because of a Black Lives Matter flag. She hit back and won [View all]

Florida Republicans terrorized a teacher because of a Black Lives Matter flag. She hit back and won
"I feel vindicated but I also feel sad," Amy Donofrio said after a judge ruled her BLM banner broke no school rules

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PUBLISHED JUNE 19, 2024 6:00AM (EDT)

(Salon) "Jesus himself never condemned slavery," one Florida man said to defend the honor of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee during a March 2021 school board meeting in Jacksonville. "In fact, he said, slaves have an obligation to obey their master," the outraged white man insisted.


Alarmed by what she was hearing, Amy Donofrio decided to do something. She was a teacher at the Duvall County school, which has since been renamed Riverside High School, and she knew how sentiments like the ones shared at the school board meeting made her students feel. "Students made it clear that they were dealing with a lot," Donofrio told Salon. "They were walking into our schools facing racism, frankly, from every corner."


So Donofrio took photos and videos from the school board meeting, including another one of a man asking, "If this high school is having problems, how long has it been predominantly African-American?" And she expressed concerns to the administration that such comments hurt her students. She would soon be removed from her classroom, publicly targeted by the Republican state government under Gov. Ron DeSantis, eventually fired, and threatened with having her teaching license stripped entirely.


Donofrio, meanwhile, was still fighting to keep her teaching license. Finally, she got a hearing before an administration judge in February and a decision in April. The judge ruled for Donofrio on the issue of the Black Lives Matter flag. Donofrio's "intent to affirm and support her students was clear, and she had a successful history of promoting the physical and emotional well-being of her minority students," the judge wrote. Instead, the judge noted "the School environment became hostile after administration removed the flag," because the principal "had to work hard, meeting with students and making extra efforts to assure students that he supported them and that their lives did indeed matter to him." In June, the final hearing was held, and the DeSantis government lost again: Donofrio's teaching license remains intact. ...............(more)


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Sad and infuriating that Americans have to deal with this.... lastlib Jun 19 #1
Yeah land of the free... but god forbid you stand up against the MAGA / Murdoch cult. Initech Jun 19 #16
.... Skittles Jun 19 #24
Does she have standing and basis to sue? 3Hotdogs Jun 19 #2
To sue whom? soldierant Jun 19 #26
This is a powerful story for ALL Americans FakeNoose Jun 19 #3
Agree malaise Jun 19 #4
It's still going to have the intended chilling affect. live love laugh Jun 19 #5
This is so good to see Iris Jun 19 #6
If she didn't get her job back.... MyOwnPeace Jun 19 #7
The article mentions a settlement, but not the amount. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 19 #9
I hate Kluxers and Christofascists and Nazis -- aka Republicans Hermit-The-Prog Jun 19 #8
Every fucking photo of this arrogant jerkoff Prof. Toru Tanaka Jun 19 #17
Could follow the example of the movie Inglourious Basterds: Carve it. Hermit-The-Prog Jun 19 #19
Jesus also did not condemn abortion. Nor did anyone else in the Bible. Lonestarblue Jun 19 #12
There is actually an abortion-inducing "recipe". . . Collimator Jun 19 #14
Chapter and verse here sueroseus Jun 19 #28
If they can succeed in the reintroduction of Dark n Stormy Knight Jun 19 #23
I'm not sure he ever mentioned slavery, either. soldierant Jun 19 #27
DeFascist hates freedom & equality, he wants control & white privilege. CaptainTruth Jun 19 #11
I hate that pig wolfie001 Jun 19 #13
I live three blocks from that high school Fritz Walter Jun 19 #15
She didn't win. She lost her job. It's going to be very hard for her to find a teaching position in Florida. erodriguez Jun 19 #18
Well... Mblaze Jun 19 #20
K&R ck4829 Jun 19 #21
The USA should not gaf what Jesus did or did Dark n Stormy Knight Jun 19 #22
Morals, civility, empathy, important ideals that has been missing since Traurigkeit Jun 19 #25
Fantastic!! Fuck that Hateful deStupid and the atmosphere Cha Jun 19 #29
Thank you for standing for what's right and true dai13sy Jun 19 #30
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