A Georgia school teacher told Fox Monday that she filed a lawsuit against Bryan County School District after she was allegedly fired for voicing her opinion on an elementary library book, according to Fox News.
The woman, Lindsey Barr, approached the principal of the Bryan County Elementary School where she worked, and expressed her opinion that the book “All Are Welcome” violated her religious beliefs, she told Fox News.
In response, the school system allegedly locked Barr out of her substitute teaching account and fired her, effectively prompting her to file a lawsuit.
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Barr brought the elementary book to the attention of the school district because it features illustrations of same-sex couples, Fox News reported. She now fears the school district will retaliate against her children.
“My children will be passed up for opportunities,” Barr said. “This is a county where you have to apply for your children to do most anything, even a field trip, and I think that this is a good way that they will quietly retaliate against our family for making noise.”
Barr’s attorney, Tyson Langhofer, characterized the incident as an issue of protecting First Amendment rights, and immediately issued a letter criticizing Bryan County School District for its decision, Fox News reported.
“The firing is intended to send a message to Mrs. Barr and others in the community that if they criticize the school’s approach to sensitive political topics or express viewpoints contrary to the school’s preferred viewpoints, they will face the consequences,” Langhofer said in his letter, according to Fox News.