Professor fired after questioning “reparations” sues, says college conspired with students to get rid of him

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PHILADELPHIA, PA –  Gregory Manco, a former visiting professor of math and assistant baseball coach at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, is suing the institution for allegedly conspiring with students to get rid of him and misrepresenting the findings of its own racial bias investigation.

St. Joseph’s University suspended Manco from instructing and as an assistant baseball coach last year after students discovered he was the author of the anonymous Twitter account “South Jersey Giants.”

Manco claims in the suit that the university defamed him, discriminated against him on the basis of his race — he is Caucasian — and attempted to “cancel” him by suspending him and not renewing his contract, “despite his dedication and excellent performance” while employed at the university.

The suit states:

“It is clear that all of the defendants acted to ‘cancel’ Dr. Manco. In other words, defendants’ actions consisted of the social phenomenon of ‘cancel culture,’ which is widespread, has ruined lives, damaged reputations, and jeopardized the futures of individuals.”

Once the professor’s authorship of the tweets was discovered, the university conducted a three-month investigation into whether the 2012 Teaching Merit Award recipient had violated campus policy. The University determined there was “insufficient evidence” to make a “definitive determination,” and closed the investigation.

Manco alleges the university defamed him last year in its handling of complaints about the tweets, which some students saw on a non-university account and reported to administrators. Some students also complained about alleged discrimination or bias by Manco in the classroom

The university is stating that the professor’s contract was not renewed because of staffing issues and denied the Twitter controversy had any bearing on its decision. The university points out that a third party was hired to conduct an investigation into the tweets.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages, including back pay, punitive, and compensatory damages. Through a spokesman, the university issued a statement regarding the lawsuit:

“The matter is before the court, and out of respect for the judicial process, Saint Joseph’s University will respond in that forum.”

Professor fired after questioning "reparations" sues, says college conspired with students to get rid of him

The tweets in the middle of the controversy were critical of reparations for past discrimination and questions about the appropriateness of bias training, among other issues.

One such tweet read:

“Suppose your great-great-grandfather murdered someone. The victim’s great-great-grandson knocks on your door, shows you the newspaper clipping from 1905, and demands compensation from you. Your response? Now get this racist reparation bull— out of your head for good.”

The tweet was in reply to an article by the Associated Press reporting that President Joe Biden was giving support to studying reparations for black Americans for slavery and discrimination.

In response to another article claiming 56 percent of Americans agree society is racist, the professor tweeted:

“So, if these numbers are true about peoples’ perceptions of racism, what does it say about all of the race/bias “training” that has been going on for some years now?

“Could it be that such training actually divides us and ‘worsens’ race relations?”

The decision to not renew Manco’s contract in August received immediate backlash from donors. Six alumni threatened to withhold possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations because of what they perceived as the school’s move toward the far left.

The donors sent a letter to the University administration stating:

“There are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of alumni who don’t subscribe to the left’s coercive suppression of dissent, and we, as loyal alumni, will register our displeasure in a clear and unambiguous way.”

On the day Manco received his notice of nonrenewal and unbeknownst to the university administration, his department chair hired him back as an adjunct to teach half his old case load. Manco commented on the move to local media:

“So, they can’t stop me from teaching as an adjunct without making it painfully obvious that they wanted me out. Basically, I replaced myself, in part, (for) much less money”

In addition to the university and its officials, the lawsuit named the former student who initially filed a complaint about the tweets. The student earned a failing grade in the professor’s class in 2017, and never made any allegations of bias in class or on social media about Manco before that time.

The student made the complaint only last year in a letter to the university.

Another former student, who wasn’t taught by Manco, created a TikTok video with screenshots of Manco’s tweets and a link to a bias reporting form, encouraging people to “flood” the school with complaints, the lawsuit said.

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Teacher won’t be charged after locking teen in trunk of car to drive him to medical “testing” site

January 15, 2022

 

HOUSTON, TX – A judge in Texas has ruled there was no probable cause to arrest a mother who had placed her 13 year old son in her trunk to avoid exposure to COVID-19.

The mother placed him there while she drove to get the young teenager tested.

On January 3rd Sarah Beam, a schoolteacher, took her 13-year-old son to get tested for COVID which showed positive. Wanting to get a second opinion, Beam took her son to another testing site for confirmation. Sounds normal.

Things went sideways when she allegedly told her sick son to stay in the trunk of her car so that he did not expose her to COVID.

Medical staff approached Beam and her vehicle to obtain information on the person they would be testing and allegedly saw the child in the trunk of her car.

The people at the COVID testing site felt this was inappropriate and contacted local law enforcement who responded to the scene and investigated.

After speaking to all persons involved and reviewing security video footage of the incident, police determined there was sufficient probable cause to effect the arrest of Beam for child endangerment.

On January 13th, Beam made her first court appearance in front of Harris County Judge Chris Morton who found there was no probable cause that Beam intentionally was placing her child in harm’s way.

Meaning, Morton believed that Beam did not commit any crime when she allegedly put her sick kid in the trunk to avoid exposure to the virus.

Dan Schiller, a spokesman for the Harris County Prosecutor’s Office, released a statement after Judge Morton gave his ruling on the case. The statement said:

“We will review all the evidence gathered by police and make a determination on how to proceed, including the possibility of presenting this case to a grand jury, so that representatives of the people of Harris County can decide whether a criminal charge is appropriate.”

While the criminal case against Beam appears to be dead, it is far from it. As noted by Schiller, prosecutors and investigators will review every aspect of this case so that they can determine if there is a better way to formulate the probable cause in the arrest or identify a different criminal charge that would be more appropriate.

Nathaniel Pitoniak, Beam’s attorney, spoke about Judge Morton’s decision in this case, according to KHOU:

“We dispute the facts in the affidavit that was filed in this case. But even if they had been true, the judge has acknowledged with his finding that my client did not place her child in imminent danger of bodily harm.”

While Judge Morton did not go into detail as to why he did not find probable cause with the arrest, the issue may well have been criminal intent, something that is necessary to articulate when making an arrest or prosecution.

Criminal intent is when a person intends to do a specific thing, regardless of if they know it is illegal, which results in a crime being committed. 

  

 

 

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