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Families file $20M defamation lawsuit against Saint Francis, defending sons against blackface allegations

Original post made on Mar 1, 2021

The parents of two former Saint Francis High School students have sued the Mountain View private Catholic school for $20 million, alleging their sons were falsely accused of wearing blackface in photograph.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:19 PM

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Posted by roaksinri
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2021 at 5:11 pm

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Another example of the Toxic state-run "public" schools. Protected by the state, these administrators run roughshod over students and parents, regularly ignore any due process in their explicitly articulated goals of promoting and indoctrinating hearts and minds to a leftist, progressive, and "woke" agenda. Of course, the media is complicit in this situation as well. Where was the intense "investigative journalism" that would have unearthed the "facts " of the situation? That would have exposed the "inconvenient truth" that expensive litigation is now exposing. Of course all the "social justice warriors" are saying nothing now- hiding behind "student privacy" and clever "First Amendment Rights" protections. And the news outlets are also silent- where are the indignant Op-Ed pieces now, bemoaning the "rush" to judgement and lack of "due process"?
Or are those sentiments only reserved for the current fad of hand wringing over "systemic racism"? Misuse of power and manipulation of "newspeak" to ruin the lives and reputations of children and their families in the name of "social justice" and "wokeness" is apparently perfectly fine in this sad and twisted age.


Posted by Jack Cormode
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 1, 2021 at 6:08 pm

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The first commenter refers to "Toxic state-run "public" schools". The last time I checked, St. Francis High School was a parochial school. The rest of the message should be disregarded since the writer does not have the basic facts correct.


Posted by corrections
a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 1, 2021 at 10:48 pm

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Interesting that the parents chose Harmeet Dhillon to represent them. Web Link


Posted by roaksinri
a resident of another community
on Mar 2, 2021 at 2:41 pm

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"Parochial" school/Public school- not much difference- especially with the "woke" Pope currently in charge- I stand by my comments, whether Mr. Commode likes them or not. Cancel culture be damned...


Posted by @roaksinri
a resident of Waverly Park
on Mar 2, 2021 at 3:47 pm

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There’s a huge difference between the “state run public schools “ you ranted about in your first comment and the private school that St. Francis actually is. Also, it’s a little odd for you to complain that the media isn’t covering this...in the comments section of a media article covering this.


Posted by L S
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 3, 2021 at 7:30 am

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Even worse, if you actually read the lawsuit, as I have, when HH's mother's tries to contact Alicia Labana to tell her the picture was acne, Labana called the police on her for harrassmennt.

Sounds very much like Amy Cooper calling the police on Christian Cooper in Central Park, doesn't it?


Posted by Nora S.
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 3, 2021 at 3:06 pm

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It makes me sad that, because as a community we recognize so few remedies for such actions, the school saw no disciplinary alternative to expulsion. Even leaving aside the question of whether the masks were a deliberate attempt to create blackface, this incident would have been far better handled using some combination of education and restorative justice. I mean, these are minors we are talking about, and the job of the school is to educate. How can they not have found a better path for all concerned?


Posted by corrections
a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 4, 2021 at 3:47 am

corrections is a registered user.

The connection to Dhillon comes from A.H.'s father, who made a $1000 donation to the Trump campaign in November 2016.

@L S: the document you read presents only the plaintiff's side of the story. We have no information from A.L. about why she contacted the police about that call. If W.C. was (understandably) irate, A.L. would (understandably) feel threatened.


Posted by LongTime-MV
a resident of St. Francis Acres
on Mar 4, 2021 at 4:25 pm

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