PA teacher fired after saying she’d rather vote for a potato than Biden now suing school district


Perkiomen Valley, PA – So much for freedom of speech! 

A Pennsylvania elementary school principal is out of job, and she says it is because she posted right-leaning memes and commentary on her private social media pages. 

The Daily Wire reports that, in one post, former principal Amy Sacks said she would rather vote for a potato than Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden. Sacks reportedly wrote: 

“This is a potato. If this potato was running against Joe Biden, I’d vote for the potato.” 

Her pro-spud/anti-democrat post, was apparently enough to cost Sacks her position at Evergreen Elementary in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, despite decades of experience as an educator. 

Sacks, who had been a teacher for twenty years prior to becoming principal, says the Perkiomen Valley School District and Superintendent Barbara Russell fired her in July. 

On Thanksgiving, a Facebook page called “No Left Turn in Education” shared a statement penned by Sacks. It reads: 

Many of you know that I am no longer the Principal of Evergreen Elementary at this time. However, the circumstances surrounding this situation have been kept quiet until now.

I am reaching out to you today to share with you that as Principal of Evergreen Elementary School I was terminated because I expressed right of center political views — PRIVATELY.” 

It goes on to say that she has filed a lawsuit against the school district in an attempt to “save her job.” Sacks wrote that she wants to also show people that they are not alone in their personal battles against the “erosion of our constitutional rights in America.” 

She wrote: 

“This cancel culture within the public school system has to stop. 

I was Principal of one of the best performing elementary schools in Pennsylvania and still fell victim to being cancelled out by liberal bureaucrats who don’t believe in diversity of thought, speech, opinion, or political affiliation.” 

In keeping with the belief that she had the constitutional right to freedom of speech, the Daily Mail reported that some of Sacks’ other Facebook posts read: 

Looking for some clarity. Is Corona Season over and we are on to Riot Season? I just need to know if I need a mask or a rifle.” 

-“Due to Covid, we’re gonna need people to riot from home and destroy your own s***.” 

-“If you think the coronavirus panic in an election year right after 3 failed coup attempts against Trump is a coincidence? You might be as dumb as a rock!” 

“If you can’t carry, buy some wasp and hornet spray, keep it beside your seat in your vehicle. It sprays 20-30ft stream.” 

Another reportedly included a photo of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer with the caption “The virus,” and below it was a picture of people voting, captioned, “The cure.” 

Now, Sacks is seeking $500,000 in monetary damages for the emotional turmoil she has experienced in the last five months. 

The civil suit names more than a dozen defendants, including the school district and its board of directors. 

Court documents say, on top of firing Sacks for her Facebook posts, the Superintendent also accused her of being racist. The lawsuit says: 

“Amy was told by Russell that her private Facebook posts had offended a parent who had complained to the District.

Instead of properly telling the parent that Amy was permitted to post what she wanted on her private account, the District terminated Amy from the principal position without warning.  

Amy was told by Russell that she was being terminated because these posts were offensive, unacceptable, and unprofessional. Russell alluded that she believed that Amy was racist and could be fired on that basis.”

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Here’s more from Law Enforcement Today on a teacher who expressed left leaning views and was NOT fired:

Teacher to eighth grader: President Trump is not a hero and the White House is not an accurate source of information

October 28, 2020

GIG HARBOR, WA – Pick a hero to write about an essay, but do not pick the President of the United States.

That’s the shocking lesson that some 13-year-old students in Washington State got this week, and one of them captured it on video.

The student in Gig Harbor recorded his teacher trying to convince him to stop supporting President Donald Trump.

In the nearly 10-minute video, shared with The Jason Rantz show on radio station 770 KTTH, the educator appears to try to get the eighth grader to agree that the President’s immigration policy is a failure and that President Trump is racist.

According to 770 KTTH, the teacher, Connor Seaman, gave students in his language arts class at Kopachuck Middle School an assignment to name their hero and provide sources to explain the choice.

The student in question reportedly chose President Trump, partially because of his immigration policies and push to build a border wall.

At the time the video was recorded, Seaman had allegedly asked the student to stay after class to discuss his subject choice.

The conversation began as a chat about proper sourcing and devolved from there.

It started with Seaman saying:

“Let me pull up your project and see how you did.”

He then asks:

“What sources are you using?”

The video shows the student explain that he sourced the White House for facts on building a border wall, citing

His teacher then replied:

“So, it’s the president’s website that’s saying it? You might want to try some different sources.”

The student replies that he understands the point the teacher is trying to make. But he also said: 

“He’s telling the truth though.”

The educator then begins to launch into scolding the student and an apparent attempt to discourage the eighth grader from regarding President Trump as a hero.

Seaman said:

“We kind of talked about the wall thing so, like, I mostly know about this because of my own research. There’s only, like, along the wall that’s been built has mostly just been replacing old wall that was already there.

“I mean, it wasn’t really a wall. It was kind of like a fence. You know? But, it’s still a barrier. The promise was to make a wall along the border and only, like, 100 miles, I think is the number out of the 3,000 total miles has actual structures.”

Seaman then added:

“Why is it heroic to make a wall to keep out immigrants?”

Aside from the issue of having a political debate with a 13-year-old, that seems to bring the teacher around to his key point.

From there, the conversation spiraled.

Seaman compared illegal immigration to jaywalking, saying both are illegal but neither is a big deal. In the video, he said:

“So, like, for example, like, let’s say, because jaywalking is illegal, let’s say I were to do a taskforce that cost billions of dollars to stop jaywalking once and for all type thing. Is that, like, you see the kind of point I’m trying to get right here?”

Shortly after, he launched into an argument that illegal immigrants rarely commit crimes. Seaman said:

“I don’t know if you know this but, actually, immigrants who cross illegally, they perform crimes at a lower rate than U.S. citizens do.”

The eighth grader replied simply:

“Not true.”

From there, the conversation really took a turn with the educator arguing that not only is the President of the United States of America not a hero, but that he is also a racist.

Seaman said:

“If you are going to introduce bullet points, you kind of have to back up with why that’s heroic, because there’s a lot of people who would argue that it’s not heroic and it’s actually, a lot of the rhetoric that has been said has been very racist.”

According to 770 KTTH, the student’s mom didn’t know what had taken place until her son showed her the recording.

She told the radio station that she contacted the district which, via the principal, apologized for the lecture.

However, a spokesperson for the district reportedly told the radio station:

“The comment that the teacher tried to convince the student he was wrong for supporting President Trump’s immigration policy is not accurate. The student and teacher spoke about immigration policy in the context of providing evidence for why President Trump is a hero.

“The teacher’s intent was to encourage the student to use more than one source for his assignment.”

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