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Michelle Obama’s brother’s sons have been pulled from a prestigious private school after their parents accused the school of racism, prompting the parents to file a lawsuit.
In a 25-page lawsuit filed Monday in Wisconsin court, Craig and Kelly Robinson claim Milwaukee University School expelled their two sons, ages 11 and 9, as a reward for parents filing complaints of racism against school.
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“They retaliated by chasing two young children from school”, Craig Robinson Told News from WISN 12.
The Robinsons say they filed two reports with the school in January and March 2021, expressing concern that they witnessed racial stereotyping in virtual classroom assignments.
“It all started, like a lot of parents, when we heard what was happening in the classroom because of COVID,” Craig Robinson Told Good Morning America host Robin Roberts. “There was repeated use of racial and ethnic stereotypes that figured into the actual postings. The use of the word ‘plantation’ and things of that nature.”
Robinson added, “In addition to racial and ethnic stereotyping, there was an insensitivity to socio-economic status, as well as a disregard for children who were not physically in the classroom.”
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The Robinsons say they filed a report through “Bias Incident Reporting System” in January 2021 and again in March 2021. They say no action was taken by the school until they learned that their son fifth grade was refused re-enrollment. in April 2021. Their third year student was also denied re-enrollment in June 2021.
The lawsuit states that the two children were “model students” who “met and exceeded the academic and social expectations” set by the school.
“I thought their bias incident reporting system was a way for them to help change the culture and understand that there are biases because there are people reporting them,” Craig Robinson mentioned at TMJ4. “It actually backfired on us in the end, and now I’ve learned that there is no longer a bias incident reporting system in [USM].”
The lawsuit says the students’ dismissal was both a breach of the enrollment contract and a move that caused the family “monetary harm” and “harm resulting from loss of continuity in education” to the students. children as well as “damage to reputation”. “
Craig and Kelly Robinson did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.
The school paints a different picture by claiming, according to a letter cited in the lawsuit, that the Robinson parents “repeatedly engaged in disrespectful and demanding communications with and about our teachers and administrators.”
In the dismissal letter, the school wrote that it “has only become more apparent that there has been a complete collapse of your family’s trust and respect for USM.”
In a statementthe school suggested that Craig and Kelly Robinson had engaged in “bullying” that was detrimental to school operations.
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“We cannot and will not tolerate consistently disrespectful, intimidating or harassing behavior towards our dedicated and hardworking teachers and administrators,” the school said. “Such conduct that makes faculty feel unsafe not only violates our shared trust covenant and parent-school partnership, but also interferes with USM operations and prevents a positive and constructive working relationship between the school and the families we proudly serve. When such parenting threatens the educational environment we have created, we have no choice but to act.”
USM did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.