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A private school in Milwaukee said it filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against them last month by Craig and Kelly Robinson, the brother and sister-in-law of former first lady Michelle Obama, over issues of inclusivity and alleged racial bias.
In a 13-page court document filed last week in Wisconsin circuit court, University School of Milwaukee (USM) says the case should be dismissed due to “the failure to report a claim on which reparation may be awarded”.
Additionally, the court document argues that the school exercised its contractual right to deny the Robinson children enrollment in 2021 because school officials determined it was in the “best interests of the school.” school”.
“As you will recall from the recent media blitz, many false allegations were made regarding racial and socio-economic bias at school. When initially raised, these concerns were taken very seriously, did thoroughly investigated and ultimately found to be without merit,” Steve said. Hancock, principal of the USM school in a statement.
Last month, Craig and Kelly Robinson filed a lawsuit arguing that USM in 2021 had expelled their two sons, who were 11 and 9, despite the two children being “model and high-achieving students”.
The Robinsons say it happened following concerns raised by the couple about the school’s treatment of its students of color. The couple say they have raised concerns with school officials about what they say is USM’s failure to provide the “supportive and inclusive” learning environment that was promised, according to the trial.
However, the school argues the couple sued to gain national attention and blame USM for their “eventual separation from their community,” the motion to dismiss states.
The school also claims the Robinsons omitted information regarding Kelly’s behavior throughout the school term, saying she became a burden on teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was clear to USM at some point that it could not have a productive relationship with this family,” Lindsey Davis, a Quarles & Brady attorney representing USM, told the Milwaukee WISN 12 television station.
In a statement to NPR, a spokesperson for the Robinsons said they would continue to “vigorously pursue this litigation” in response to USM’s decision to dismiss the case.
“The University School of Milwaukee continues to demonstrate that it does not want to accept responsibility for its culpability in fostering a culture of insensitivity and racial prejudice,” the spokesperson said. “The Robinsons remain confident in their case.”
A hearing on the motion to dismiss the lawsuit is scheduled for July.