Friday, March 09, 2001

Former French teacher sues Madeira schools

The Associated Press

        A teacher who resigned from Madeira High School after racial slurs were written on his blackboard and left on his voice mail says in a lawsuit that school officials failed to protect him from harassment.

        Jean-Robert Cadet, 45, is suing the Madeira Board of Education and school district officials for unspecified money damages and a court finding that they discriminated against him on the basis of race. Mr. Cadet is black and was born in Haiti.

        Madeira school officials denied Mr. Cadet's allegations when he resigned in February 2000 after four years as a full-time teacher of French and history.

        Mr. Cadet said school administrators had not vigorously investigated his complaints.

        Administrators said they investigated Mr. Cadet's complaint that someone wrote a slur on the blackboard early in the school year and could not identify the culprit. They said they did not learn about the telephone harassment until Mr. Cadet resigned.

        Mr. Cadet said he now teaches French as an adjunct instructor at the University of Cincinnati. His lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

        School district officials were not available for additional comment Thursday.


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