Award-winning Indiana teacher who showed CRT was taught in schools in viral video has been sent on leave for causing ‘fear’ among staff and locked out of his email and Google accounts
- Tony Kinnett, Indianapolis School District science coordinator, instructional coach, and administrator blew up social media on Nov. 4 with the video
- “If we tell you that schools don’t teach critical race theory…that’s deception,” he said in the video
- Kinnett posted that his access to several work accounts was taken off earlier Thursday
- Kinnett said he has also been banned from district school buildings or from hosting professional development sessions
An Indiana school administrator has been punished for a viral video explaining how his school district is forcing critical race theory on students.
Tony Kinnett, the Indianapolis School District science coordinator, instructional coach, and administrator blew up social media on Nov. 4 with the video.
“If we tell you that schools don’t teach critical race theory… that’s deception,” he said in the video, which has been retweeted and quoted more than 7,000 times.
“We don’t necessarily have the citations and theories in state standards,” he continued. ‘We do have CRT in the way we teach. We tell our teachers to treat our students differently based on color.
He continued: “We tell our students that every problem is the result of white men. And that everything Western civilization has built is racist. That capitalism is an instrument of white supremacy. This is in math, history, science, art and it’s not slowing down.”
Kinnett posted that his access to several work accounts had been taken down earlier Thursday.
“As of an hour ago, Indianapolis Public Schools suspended my access to email and 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 principal Tony Kinnett said the district is lying to parents about forcing critical race theory on students.
Kinnett claimed earlier Thursday that he has been banned from his professional email and Google Drive accounts
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Kinnett said he has also been banned from district school buildings or from conducting professional development sessions.
“I’ve had to work from home for the past two weeks as staff reportedly have ‘clinical fear’ of working with me,” Kinnett added. “When I came to pick up books from my office, every team member was called so they were out of the building.”
However, he claimed that he downloaded more documents and videos from the district’s public server before being sanctioned and will be sharing them further soon.
Kinnett added that he has been banned from entering a school building or organizing professional development, while also promising to continue to release more information he has already downloaded from the district.
“They’ve apparently gotten tons of emails, texts and phone calls from people who have refused to work with me, if they have to work with me, they’ll walk,” explains Kinnett. “I am prohibited from entering their buildings and they are terrified that I will take my phone and record their lessons.”
Critical race theory has become a controversial topic across America
Kinnett is a consistent critic of critical race theory and is committed to debunking it in schools
He told Fox News that those concerns are “unfounded.” Kinnett argued that he has never released any nonpublic information and will file a request under FOIA to confirm complaints to the district.
Kinnett said during his meetings with HR, officials and administrators he was told that the negative pushback he received from the school was his fault and reprimanded him for being “unaware” of that fact.
He said the way members of his team had to treat him by his bosses made him feel like a “leper” or a “security threat.”
Kinnett said he hasn’t been fired yet, as far as he knows, 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 disagree, they deserve to know.”
The Indianapolis Public School system has not yet commented.
CRITICAL RACE THEORY: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The battle over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the past year.
The theory has sparked fierce national debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests across the country over the past year and the introduction of the 1619 project.
Published in 2019 by the New York Times to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, the 1619 Project reframes American history through “the impact of slavery and the contributions of black Americans to the center of the US. story’.
The debate surrounding critical race theory concerns concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking white people are inherently racist or sexist.
Opponents of the critical race theory have argued that it reduces people to categories of “privileged” or “oppressed” based on their skin color.
However, supporters say the theory is vital to eliminating racism as it examines the ways in which race affects American politics, culture and the law.