Stories filed in the Pioneer Press and Star Tribune, more families may join the discrimination lawsuit against the St. Paul school district that was originally field this past spring. The suit was filed against the district, the Heights Community School principal and a former teacher.
The families of three former Heights students filed the suit last spring. They allege that Timothy Olmsted, who taught sixth grade at the East Side school, discriminated against black students and that supervisors did not act on complaints.
The Star Tribune reports of a story from a sixth-grade girl in Olmstead's class that black students desks were placed facing the wall or in the back of the classroom.
The lawsuit states Olmsted made derogatory statements, calling students "fat, black and stupid" and saying, "You will never amount to anything."
Both newspapers report that Olmstead resigned after being put on paid leave by the St. Paul Public School District.