Monday, February 06, 2017
Fired substitute teacher sues Neosho R-5 School District
In her lawsuit, which was filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri, Dee-Anna Marcoux says she had only answered students who questioned her about whether she supported the bond issue and that she had told them she did not, but they would have to make up their own minds.
During that same time period, the petition says, district teachers and staff were wearing yellow t-shirts that said, "Building Neosho's Future- It's Time," and that a student sent an e-mail to all students using the district server saying, "It has been a fun run trying to get yes votes," and thanking students who supported the bond issue.
After that, the petition claims, Decker called her into his office and accused her of insubordination and of telling students "not to vote for the bond issue."
It was not long after that she was removed from Neosho schools' substitute list and her employer, Penmac Staffing Services, removed her from the automated system, AESOP, used by school districts, including Neosho, to staff substitute teachers.
Marcoux claims her First Amendment right to freedom of speech was violated, that she suffered lost wages and emotional distress. She is asking for a jury trial.