Woman Says Bryan County School System Boxed Her As A Sub After Expressing Religious Views • Georgia Virtue
A Bryan County woman filed a lawsuit this week after a school system allegedly fired her for expressing her religious beliefs.
Lindsey Barr says the Bryan County school system ended a professional relationship with her as a substitute teacher because she requested that her own children be excused from an hour of reading that included conflicting content with his religious beliefs.
The “All Welcome” reading program through the library supposedly included photos that contradicted Barr’s beliefs. According FoxNews, who first reported on the lawsuit, Barr spoke with the school principal about his concerns. The school system informed her that her children would be excused from the hour of reading, but not before she was excluded from the online system used to schedule substitute teachers in the county.
The lawsuit alleges McCallister Elementary School principal Heather Tucker cited “biases” exposed as a result of Barr’s request that “raised the question of whether she could support every child.”
Last month the Alliance Defending Freedom sent Bryan County schools a letter about the actions terminating Barr, stating that they violated Barr’s rights. According to the ADF’s website, the organization is a “world leader in advocating for religious freedom, free speech, the sanctity of life, parental rights, and God’s purpose for marriage. and the family”. The letter called for Barr to be reinstated as a substitute teacher as soon as possible. The school system has not commented on the ADF’s letter or the court complaint.
In the FoxNews article, Barr was quoted as saying, “Public schools have no business pushing radical ideologies on our students, especially the youngest of our students. They have nothing to do with that.
Tyson Langhofer, ADF director and senior counsel, similarly said FoxNews that “it’s pretty clear that public schools cannot fire teachers for expressing concern about their children’s education… No parent should ever be fired as a teacher just because they have exercised his right as a parent.”
The lawsuit was formally filed against Principal Heather Tucker, Debi Wingate, Bryan County Schools Human Resources Director, Dr. Paul Brooksher, Bryan County Schools Superintendent, and Dr. Trey Robertson, Deputy Superintendent of teaching and learning for Bryan County schools. .
A copy of the lawsuit was not immediately available through court documents or the ADF. TGV however requested a copy.