Saturday, September 20, 2014
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/08/white_md_teacher_called_white_trash_wins_350_000_discrimination_lawsuit.html Maryland Teacher Called ‘White Trash’ Wins $350,000 Discrimination Lawsuit Jon Everhart won a lawsuit after claiming that the black principal at his school fired him after calling him “poor white trash” and other names. By: Breanna Edwards Posted: Aug. 11 2014 1:49 PM He was called “poor white trash” and “white bitch,” tormented until he was eventually fired and stripped of his teaching credentials. That’s what former Prince George’s County, Md., teacher Jon Everhart claimed in his racial-discrimination lawsuit against the county school board, alleging that the black principal at Largo High School forced him out of his job, according to the Washington Post. He was ultimately awarded $350,000 in the case. “Justice was served,” Everhart told the Post in a phone call. “I do feel as though I have been vindicated.” The amount was based on compensatory damages. Everhart said that he ended up with high blood pressure and heart problems because of his tenure at Largo. He is, however, also due back pay and benefits, the amount of which a district judge will determine later. The 65-year-old teacher told the newspaper that he was subject to cruelty from the school’s principal, Angelique Simpson-Marcus, for years. “She called me ‘poor white trash’ and ‘white bitch,’” Everhart said in his phone call with the Post. “Her behavior was so outlandish.” Everhart, who was hired in 2003, when Simpson-Marcus was a physical education teacher, said that Simpson-Marcus told him he would be the first teacher she fired if she became principal. She also said, Everhart claimed, that the “only reason a white teacher teaches in P.G. County is that they can’t get a job elsewhere.” See Also During his time at the school when Simpson-Marcus was principal, Everhart went from being named Teacher of the Year to getting bad performance reviews. He was demoted from teaching honors English to upperclassmen and was instead put in charge of freshman classes. “I just think it was a disgrace, and I think that’s what the jury saw, too,” Everhart’s lawyer, Bryan Chapman, told the Post. For her part, Simpson-Marcus maintained her innocence in an interview. “I never said any of those things,” the principal said. “I don’t use that kind of language.” http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/white-teacher-wins-350000-for-discrimination/ lack principal racially abused white teacher Big payday in discrimination lawsuit Published: 08/11/2014 at 1:15 PM author-image Joe Kovacs About | Email | Archive Joe Kovacs is an award-winning journalist and, since 1999, executive news editor of WND. He is the author of two best-selling books: "Shocked by the Bible: The Most Astonishing Facts You've Never Been Told" and its 2012 sequel, "The Divine Secret: The Awesome and Untold Truth About Your Phenomenal Destiny." rss feed Subscribe to feed Printer Friendly Text smaller Text bigger 842 Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus of Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus of Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland A white schoolteacher in Maryland has won a $350,000 discrimination award after his black principal abused him for years due to his race. Jon Everhart, 65, sued the Prince George’s County school board, claiming Angelique Simpson-Marcus, principal of Largo High School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, forced him out of his job because he is Caucasian. “She called me ‘poor white trash’ and ‘white b—-,’ ” Everhart told the Washington Post.”Her behavior was so outlandish.” She also reportedly told students the “only reason a white teacher teaches in [Prince George's] County is that they can’t get a job elsewhere.” The jury in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland agreed with Everhart’s assertion he was discriminated against, but found in favor of the school board on his claim of a hostile work environment. He had originally sought $5 million. “Justice was served,” Everhart said. “I do feel as though I have been vindicated.” Meanwhile, Simpson-Marcus maintains the claims made by Everhart are baseless. Though she refused to specify the reason for the teacher’s ouster, she called his allegations of poor treatment and retaliation “unfounded.” The $350,000 award is for compensatory damages, as Everhart says he has suffered from high blood pressure and heart problems because of the harsh treatment on campus. It’s now up to U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte to determine how much money Everhart should receive in back pay and benefits. The Post says the school system has 30 days to show why Everhart should not receive retirement and health benefits and why his teaching certificate, which was revoked when he was fired, should not be restored. Everhart originally came to Prince George’s County in 2003 from Baltimore and was assigned to teach English at Largo. Simpson-Marcus was a physical-education teacher at the school at that time. After the racially abusive comments began, Everhart filed a union grievance against her, and said she told him if she ever became principal, he’d be the first person she’d fire. Bryan Chapman, Everhart’s attorney, said once Simpson-Marcus became principal, Everhart, who was named the school’s Teacher of the Year and who received stellar evaluations, began to receive unsatisfactory evaluations. Everhart says he was yanked from teaching honors English to juniors and seniors and was placed in a freshman class, where Simpson-Marcus allegedly told students that Everhart was going to be axed. Chapman says Everhart’s formal complaints were ignored, and his efforts to switch to another high school were blocked. “I just think it was a disgrace, and I think that’s what the jury saw, too,” Chapman said. Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/08/white-teacher-wins-350000-for-discrimination/#Z6wLqKxW8tY0Aplg.99
Friday, September 5, 2014
GOVERNMENT MURDERS EDGAR STEELE – CAN THEY GET AWAY WITH IT? Today, September 4, 2014, early afternoon, a California mortuary notified Mrs. Cyndi Steele that her husband Edgar was dead. At this time, specific circumstances regarding Mr. Steele’s death are being confirmed. The Free Edgar Steele web site and the Edgar Steele Defense Fund (ESDF) will release more information when available. Mrs. Steele contacted the ESDF Board, saying she was utterly devastated by this information, and is furious that no Victorville representative contacted her in the last few days regarding his failing health and did not even call her regarding the death of her husband. It was cruel to allow the mortuary to make the call. Based on the best knowledge at hand, the following are the most likely causes of death: drug overdoses, persistently delayed, insufficient, improper medical treatment and medical neglect. The federal government and Victorville Penitentiary bears responsibility for the lives of the inmates who reside there and has refused to be accountable for the decline in Edgar Steele’s health. Some hours before Mrs. Steele was contacted by the mortuary, ESDF President Robert Magnuson received an email corroborating Ms. Steele’s concern for her husband’s health and safety that showed Mr. Steele’s health has been in a sharp decline for the past month, which fact was obscured, if not hidden by the federal government. First, Mr. Steele was the victim of a false prosecution, then he was imprisoned in the most dangerous prison health in America. Then his wife was never allowed to visit him despite a court order allowing visitation. Then, his health was compromised because of neglect, and finally, the reports came in that he had been drugged out of his mind earlier this week, which was the final blow that killed him. Call it anything else you like, but it is murder. The facts of this tragic situation will be disclosed as the information is gathered.