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Ex-FWCS supervisor claims wrongful firing in lawsuit

October 23, 2017 GMT

A Fort Wayne Community Schools employee publicly critical of the Black Lives Matter movement is suing the district for wrongful termination, claiming he was fired for his views, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Fort Wayne Division.

Robert L. Rinearson, a longtime supervisor of safety and student management, was placed on paid suspension May 25 after physically guiding a disorderly student from a school bus to the school office, according to the lawsuit, filed Friday.

Three days before, Rinearson -[ a longtime guest columnist for The News-Sentinel -- wrote an article critical of the Black Lives Matter movement. He claims in court documents that the timing of his suspension, which led to termination, was not coincidence.

“Rinearson asserts that the reported reason for his termination, i.e. inappropriate physical restraint, is a pretext, that he did not engage in any inappropriate physical restraint and that the real reason for his termination were the newspaper articles he wrote which were published and were critical of the Black Lives Matter movement,” according to the documents.

For more on this story, see Tuesday’s print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Tuesday.

asloboda@jg.net