Judge Dismisses $87 Million Lawsuit Filed by Black School Board Vice President
By: Kelton Brooks
In 2016, Alison Collins pressed send on a litany of tweets using anti-Black slurs to describe Asian Americans and accused them of “white supremacist thinking to assimilate.”
Once the tweets were discovered, the San Francisco Unified School District and five of Collins’ colleagues on the seven-member board voted in a 5-2 ruling to strip her of her position as vice president and remove her from committees.
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Collins filed an $87 million lawsuit against the board and her colleagues in March. The judge tossed the lawsuit, stating the suit had no merit and there was no need to argue the case in court.
She was seeking $72 million in damages from the district and $3 million from each board member. Collins also sought an injunction to restore her as vice president, but the judge denied it.
“We’re focused on supporting our schools as they begin the new school year,” Deputy Superintendent Gentle Blythe said. “It’s helpful to have one less distraction.”