This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
A school district in Georgia has discovered the price of wrongly firing a substitute teacher.
The report comes from ADF, which fought the case on behalf of Lindsey Barr, who was dismissed from her substitute teacher's position at McAllister Elementary School in the Bryan County School District in Georgia.
Her offense was to express concerns, as a mother, over drawings in a picture book that was being used on students that "contains several illustrations of same-sex couples parenting and expecting children."
The school was using the book, "All Are Welcome," during its "library read-aloud program."
"Lindsey spoke out as a Christian, a mother, and a private citizen on an important issue—namely, the content and age-appropriateness of a picture book that the school planned to read to her kids and other elementary-aged children that conflicted with her family’s values and faith," said her lawyer, Philip Sechler. "Yet school officials immediately retaliated against her for expressing those views and fired her from a job at which she excelled.
"We commend the school district for finally doing the right thing and understanding that the First Amendment protects the right of Lindsey—and all public employees—to express their concerns about what schools are teaching children without the government cancelling them."
The payment is the result of a settlement to the lawsuit that had been filed.
She also will be reinstated and the school will "publicly express regret after violating her constitutionally protected freedoms."
That was done through a letter from the superintendent announcing her reinstatement.
"Upon returning, we encourage you as a parent to raise concerns about the material being taught to your children," the superintendent wrote. "Raising such concerns does not preclude employment in our district. For the future, we are focused on the value you add to children across the district as a substitute teacher. We sincerely regret that your separation from the school district caused any distress."
The legal team explained the case illustrates the need for the new Georgia law, the Parents' Bill of Rights, because it recognizes the "fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their minor children" and affords them the "right to review all instructional material intended for use in the classroom of his or her minor child."
The settlement means the law firm is filing a stipulated dismissal of the lawsuit.