White Teacher Wins $350K in Racial-Bias Case

Jon Everhart, 65, says black principal was out to get him
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 9, 2014 2:50 PM CDT
White Teacher Prevails in $350K Racial-Bias Suit

A former Maryland high school teacher has won $350,000 in a racial-bias case against his old school system—and he also happens to be white. "Justice was served," Jon Everhart, 65, tells the Washington Post. "I do feel as though I have been vindicated." Everhart claimed in his lawsuit that Angelique Simpson-Marcus, a black principal, told students and employees at Largo High School that she was going to fire him. She called him "poor white trash," Everhart claims, and said that "by the time I'm done with you, you won't be able to get a job anywhere," reports an earlier Post article. Everhart says he lost his pension and his teaching certificate along with his job, and got evicted from his apartment.

Simpson-Marcus, however, denies the allegations: "I never said any of those things," she said. "I don’t use that kind of language." But other employees of Prince George's County school system joined Everhart's lawsuit, saying Simpson-Marcus also targeted a second white teacher as well as black teachers who took their side. Everhart says his conflict with Simpson-Marcus started years ago when, as the school's phys-ed teacher, she told students that white teachers only teach in their school system because "they can't get a job elsewhere." Everhart filed a grievance with the union, and she allegedly promised to fire him if she ever became principal (which she did in 2007). Other employees have filed suits against the school system, claiming various kinds of discrimination—for being white, female, black, and light-skinned black, reports the Post. (In other news, a lawsuit claimed that teachers were turning high-school students into "death cultists.")

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