A high school football coach in Massachusetts is alleging that he was fired for contesting alarming elements of critical race theory used in his daughter’s 7th-grade history class.
David Flynn has led the football program at Dedham High School since 2011 until he was recently let go by the district.
According to a press release from conservative legal organization Judicial Watch, who has filed the lawsuit on behalf of Flynn, his firing was retaliation for daring to disagree with political elements of curriculum being taught to his daughter.
The issue came to a head when Flynn and his wife emailed a list of concerns about their daughter’s world geography and ancient history class to members of the Dedham School Committee, the press release claims.
The Flynns told the committee that they were alarmed by their daughter’s history teacher using an avatar of herself wearing a Black Lives Matter T-shirt for her online classroom, as well as class assignments instructing students to identify police officers as a “risk” to black people and black males as a “risk” to white people. The family eventually pulled both of their children from the district and began sending them to a private Catholic school.
“The instruction their daughter was receiving in ‘World Geography and Ancient History I’ was unrelated to the ancient history and world geography subjects described on the Dedham Public Schools website,” the lawsuit claims. “Instead, the instruction concerned issues of race, gender, stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination, and politics.”
Last month, Flynn was called into a meeting, handed a copy of one of the emails he sent to the committee members, and told that his contract as football coach would not be renewed. In a statement released shortly after the meeting, the district and school officials said Flynn was fired because he “expressed significant philosophical differences with the direction, goals, and values of the school district.”
“As a district, we actively try to encourage our staff and students to give constructive voice to their opinions, but must also ensure we stay true to our overarching mission and vision for the district,” the statement read, according to the suit.
According to local ABC affiliate WCVB, several folks including parents and former students are protesting in defense of Flynn.
“Coach Flynn is an awesome guy and we’re all devastated that they fired him,” one student said during a demonstration calling for Flynn’s reinstatement.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement about the case that Flynn’s ouster is a blatant example of “cancel culture.”
“Cancel culture has come to high school football,” said Fitton. “Coach Flynn was fired for exercising his constitutional rights to object as a citizen and father to an extremist and racially inflammatory school curriculum in his child’s history class.”
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