Texas parents accused a Black principal of promoting critical race theory. The district has now suspended him.

Katie Shepherd
The Washington Post

Excerpt: At a heated Texas school board meeting in late July, a man accused a Black principal of promoting critical race theory and “the conspiracy theory of systemic racism.” The man named the principal several times during his remarks, despite a school board policy barring direct attacks. Just over a month later, the district has suspended Colleyville Heritage High School Principal James Whitfield without explanation, he told The Washington Post on Tuesday.

“I was not given any clear reasoning behind the decision and was not given a timetable regarding further steps,” Whitfield said in a Facebook message. “I was simply told that it was in the best interest of the district.” Kristin Snively, a spokeswoman for the district, stated over email, “The decision to place Dr. Whitfield on administrative leave was not a result of the complaints made by members of the community against him.”