Mom Sues School District, Claims Board President Got Her Fired for Advocating In-Person Learning

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A Michigan mother is facing consequences for wanting her children back in the classroom.

Elena Dinverno, mother of two, made her opinion known on social media about virtual learning during the coronavirus pandemic. And now, she’s paying the price for posting her thoughts on the matter.

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The Rochester Community School Board sent Dinverno a cease and desist letter over the online posts.

The mother says the school board president even contacted Dinverno’s employer, Blake’s Hard Cider, and that allegedly resulted in her termination. Macomb Daily reports that the owner said “employees have been receiving threats and harassment due to the termination of an employee who is at the center of a federal lawsuit against an Oakland County school district.”

Macomb Daily also reported that Dinverno’s attorney, Deborah Gorden, cited her client’s first Amendment rights in this situation.

“This is a government entity for which you are entitled to your First Amendment rights unless someone is using threatening language” Gordon said. “But over offering up an opinion? They have zero business policing her speech.”

Gordon also called the school district “thin-skinned,” according to WDIV.

But Dinverno isn’t going down without a fight. This week The Detroit News reported that the mom of two is suing the school district to “[seek] damages for past and future economic and non-economic damages and an injunction against the district prohibiting further wrongdoing or retaliation against Dinverno.”

This isn’t the first time someone has gotten into legal trouble due to social media posts, and it definitely won’t be the last, but time will tell if the school board or freedom of speech wins out.