Banned northeast Denver school co-founder Brandon Pryor files civil rights lawsuit against Denver Public Schools

Denverite: Brandon Pryor, the co-founder of Robert F. STEAM Academy in far northeast Denver, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Denver Public Schools (DPS), Superintendent Alex Marrero and Deputy Superintendent Anthony Smith, alleging they violated Pryor’s first amendment rights after DPS banned him from most district campuses.

The lawsuit comes after DPS sent Pryor a letter in October banning him from most school buildings (with the exception of schools where his children attend) after alleged “repeated abusive, bullying, threatening, and intimidating conduct directed at staff of the Denver Public Schools.” DPS also banned him from board meetings and terminated his roles as volunteer and football coach.

DPS also rescinded an exception it gave Brandon to its volunteer background check policy due to a past charge, preventing him from volunteering in the future.

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