[lg policy] Ex-Arabic school principal's case dismissed in NYC

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 2 16:27:03 UTC 2009

Ex-Arabic school principal's case dismissed in NYC

The Associated Press
September 02, 2009, 10:19 AM /

 A lawsuit by the founding principal of an Arabic-language school in
Brooklyn has been dismissed. Debbie Almontaser, the former principal
of Khalil Gibran International Academy, had claimed her First
Amendment rights were violated when she was fired in 2007. Almontaser
had commented in a New York Post story about a T-shirt with the word
"intifada" on it. She said the word had nonviolent origins and
literally meant "shaking off."  The shirts were sold by a group
unaffiliated with the school, but Almontaser's comments set off a
barrage of complaints to city officials. Federal Judge Sidney Stein
dismissed the case Tuesday, saying Almontaser made her statements as
an administrator and therefore wasn't protected by the First

Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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