Award-winning Indiana teacher who exposed CRT being taught in schools put on paid leave
An Indiana school administrator has been punished for a viral video where he explained how his school district pushes critical race theory on students.
Tony Kinnett, the Indianapolis School District science coordinator, instructional coach and administrator blew up social media on November 4 with the video.
‘When we tell you that schools aren’t teaching critical race theory… that’s misdirection,’ he said in the video, which has been retweeted and quote-tweeted over 7,000 times.
‘We don’t have the quotes and theories in state standards per se,’ he continued. ‘We do have CRT in how we teach. We tell our teachers to treat our students differently based on color.
He went on to say: ‘We tell our students that every problem is a result of white men. And that everything western civilization built is racist. That capitalism is a tool of white supremacy. This is in math, history, science, the arts and it’s not slowing down.’
Kinnett posted that his access to various work accounts had been taken away earlier Thursday and confirmed that he’s been placed on paid leave.
‘As of one hour ago, Indianapolis Public Schools has suspended my access to email & Google Drive,’ Indianapolis district science coordinator, instructional coach, and administrator Tony Kinnett posted on Twitter along with a screenshot.
In a viral video posted to Twitter, Indianapolis school administrator Tony Kinnett said that the district is lying to parents about pushing critical race theory on students
Kinnett claimed earlier Thursday that he’s been locked out of his professional email and Google Drive accounts
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As an admin for the largest school district in Indiana, here’s what we mean when we tell you that we aren’t “teaching” Critical Race Theory: pic.twitter.com/f6RLghcw2R
Kinnett said that he’s also been banned from district school buildings or hosting professional development sessions.
‘I’ve been required to work from home the last two weeks, as staff reportedly have ‘clinical anxiety’ over working with me,’ Kinnett added. ‘When I came to get books from my office, phone calls were made to each team member so they’d be clear of the building.’
However, he claimed he’s downloaded more documents and videos from the district’s public server before he was sanctioned and will share it further soon.
Kinnett added that he has been banned from going to any school building or from hosting professional development while also pledging to continue to release more information that he has already downloaded from the district.
‘They’ve apparently gotten tons of emails and texts and calls from people who have refused to work with me, if they have to work with me they will walk,’ Kinnett explained. ‘I have been banned from coming into their buildings and they are terrified I am going to pull out my phone and record their classes.’
Critical race theory has become a controversial issue across America
Kinnett has been a consistent critic of critical race theory and is devoted to exposing it in schools
He told Fox News that those concerns are ‘unfounded.’ Kinnett argued that he’s never released any non-public information and will be filing a request under FOIA to confirm complaints with the district.
Kinnett said that during his meetings with HR, officials and administrators he was told that negative pushback he receives from the school was his fault and chastised him for being ‘oblivious’ to that fact.
He said the way members of his team were told to treat him by his bosses made him feel like a ‘leper’ or a ‘security threat.’
Kinnett said he hasn’t been fired yet, to his knowledge, but was warned in recent days that he would be if he continued to post.
‘Regardless of my position and whether I’m employed or not, parents still deserve to know what’s going on in Indianapolis,’ Kinnett said. ‘Whether they support it or they disagree with it they deserve to know.’
The Indianapolis Public School system has yet to comment.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.
The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.
The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by ‘placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.