A former Lawrence school board member and his wife are suing the Catholic school system in Kansas for the “inappropriate and intentional” placement of a “snowflake” teacher on the board, a move that has left the parents of a student “horrified” and upset.
Lawrence parent Lisa and her husband Scott say their son, Ethan, is “the victim” of the decision by the Lawrence Catholic School Board to have the teacher assigned to the board’s “board of directors.”
The parents filed a lawsuit against the school system on Friday in Kansas City, Kan., accusing it of the wrongful placement of the teacher.
Lawyers for the school board said they were reviewing the complaint.
“We are evaluating the matter and taking the appropriate action to defend ourselves,” a statement from the school district said.
“Our goal is to create a learning environment where students feel safe, supported, and respected, and we continue to work to achieve this goal.”
The lawsuit alleges that the district violated the students’ rights by not providing them with an explanation of why Ethan’s teacher was assigned to their school.
“I think it’s really sad that they are trying to get the school to take the case,” Scott said.
“I’m a little angry that they thought that they were going to make the best decision for the kids, but at the same time I think that it’s a sad situation.”
The case against the district was first reported by The Kansas City Star.
It is the second time in as many weeks that parents of students at Lawrence High School have filed a complaint with the district, which is the largest in the state.
In February, the board voted to replace a board member who resigned amid accusations of sexual misconduct.
The district’s board of directors is the highest authority in the Catholic Diocese of Lawrence.
It includes a Catholic school teacher, a member of the school’s board, and a former school board president.
The board has been embroiled in controversy in recent months after the district’s then-vice president of human resources, Christine Jones, resigned over allegations of inappropriate behavior.
Jones, who resigned in June, has denied any wrongdoing.
In April, the school had to fire a principal who resigned after allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct were brought against him.
The school later hired an outside counsel.
Lawson Catholic School district spokeswoman Julie Tocher said in a statement Friday that the school has been a school district since 1881 and that the board is “in constant contact with the parents.”