A former Los Gatos teacher who gave students “F” grades on a math quiz they skipped — instead attending a walkout against gun violence on campus — filed a lawsuit against the Loma Prieta [California] Joint Union School District and numerous school officials, claiming he was unlawfully laid off, fired and retaliated against for his political speech against the protest, among other issues in the district.
David Kissner, who taught math and science at C.T. English Middle School, claims the district used an “unlawful and unconstitutional abuse of its power” against him, “not because he opposed the political cause being promoted but because he opposed the District breaking the law and violating the Constitution,” the lawsuit reads.
“In ordinary times, his informed objection to the District’s participation in and promotion of a student walkout should have earned him respectful feedback. It instead drew vociferous attacks,” it continues. …
In a series of events starting in March 2018, Kissner told students he was giving a quiz at the same time as the March 14 National Student Walkout. He gave three students failing grades on that quiz after they left class to join the walkout, which was aimed at bringing attention to gun violence after the Parkland school shooting.