Posted April 18, 2018 04:31:22The Texas teacher who was caught on video calling a black student a “white supremacist” and threatening to kill a classmate over a school dress code dispute will not be fired after a panel of judges ruled against her.
A panel of seven judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Dallas agreed with a request by the teacher, whose name has not been released by her school district, to have the district pay her $1,000 in damages.
“The fact that the school district is paying this compensation is the best reason I have for not firing the teacher,” the judge, Patricia J. Nelson, said.
“I don’t believe it would be the right thing to do,” she added.
The teacher, who was fired last month, had accused a white student of trying to “beat” her and her students in class.
The case has drawn national attention and has been a topic of debate on social media and on Fox Sports, where the teacher said she had “briefly” been a target of hate crimes after the video was made public.
Her district agreed to pay her more than $1.2 million, but the judge did not consider her claims of retaliation against the student.
Nelson’s ruling on Monday came after the school board of the Harris County School District voted in July to fire the teacher.
She was placed on leave pending the outcome of the lawsuit.