November 24, 2007
By Dana Rubinstein
The founding principal of the city’s first Arabic-language school — who resigned in a controversy over “Intifada NYC” T-shirts — sued Mayor Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott on Monday, saying their “extreme and outrageous” actions “recklessly caused severe emotional distress” from a resignation that was demanded so that the mayor could announce it on his radio show.
Debbie Almontaser’s suit, filed in federal district court in Manhattan, claims her firing violated her freedom of speech.
Deputy Mayor Walcott allegedly told her the mayor wanted her resignation by 8 am the next morning so that he could announce it on his weekly radio show.
The suit demands an unspecified amount of money in personal injury and punitive damages, and a court injunction halting the city’s search for a permanent replacement until she is given a fair chance to get her job back.
The school, the Khalil Gibran International Academy, has been a lighting rod of controversy since it was announced in February. Read more…