Texas School’s First Black Principal Placed on Paid Leave After Some Parents Accused Him of Promoting Critical Race Theory

Colleyville Heritage High School principal James Whitfield was put on paid administrative leave Monday, more than a month after he was placed at the center of a critical race theory debate.

Kristin Snively, spokesperson for the Grapevine-Colleyville school district, confirmed the move in an email.

Snively did not provide information on the reason for the decision or whether the leave is indefinite. She said the district will not comment further on the situation because it’s an ongoing personnel matter.

The announcement comes a month after Whitfield was publicly named and accused by Stetson Clark, a former school board candidate, of teaching and promoting critical race theory during a July 26 district board meeting.

Clark said he became concerned about Whitfield’s views when he saw a letter the principal sent to parents and students last summer.

“In this letter he promotes the conspiracy theory of systemic racism …” Clark said. “He is encouraging the disruption and destruction of our districts.”

Clark called for Whitfield’s firing and received applause from some crowd members.

Whitfield has denied these accusations, and said in a July 31 Facebook post that he has been criticized for speaking out after the death of George Floyd and has experienced racial attacks in the past several months.

Whitfield was named the first Black principal of Colleyville Heritage High School in May 2020.

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SOURCE: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, David Silva Ramirez

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