Fired McAuliffe principal Kurt Dennis sues DPS, alleging district violated his free speech rights

The Denver Post: Kurt Dennis, the former principal of McAuliffe International School, sued Denver Public Schools on Tuesday, alleging the district retaliated against him for speaking publicly about safety policies following the March shooting at East High School.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, alleges DPS, Superintendent Alex Marrero and six members of the school board violated Dennis’s First Amendment right to free speech by firing the former principal after he spoke in a televised news interview about the district’s policy requiring educators to check students for weapons.

“What has happened to Kurt Dennis here is tremendously unjust,” said attorney David Lane, who is representing Dennis. “DPS has concocted excuse after excuse for firing the guy and now they will get to explain to a federal judge and jury why they are punishing Kurt Dennis for exercising his right to free speech.”

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