Black Lives Matter St. Paul has forced out two white teachers at Como Park High, reports Susan Du on City Pages. Theo Olson, a special ed teacher for 16 years, and Kathy Farm, a home ec teacher for 19 years, were told a transfer was “in the best interests” of the district.
Olson was called a “white supremacist” after complaining on Facebook about drug use and weak discipline at Como Park High.
In a blog, written as thinly veiled fiction, he charged some administrators were incompetent.
Rashad Turner of St. Paul BLM threatened to “shut down” the school if Olson was not fired, reports Du. Superintendent Valeria Silva ended the protest by promising to investigate Olson. He was suspended without pay and ordered to complete racial equity training.
Farm also was transferred without a finding of misconduct.
In January, she bought a “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” shirt for a fundraiser for the girls basketball team. She learned the girl whose name was on the sleeve had been injured by Mall of America security, not as a result of domestic violence.
When Farm explained that an altercation with mall security is not domestic abuse, the rumor spread that she “believed the girl deserved to be beaten,” writes Du. “Members of BLM St. Paul repeated that claim to superintendent Silva and in various Facebook threads, where Farm was also criticized for supporting Olson throughout his investigation.”