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Dutch-Guy 02-23-2012 11:56 AM

Andre Agassi prep school allegation of racism
 
The Nevada prep school named after and founded by Andre Agassi has been sued by a former biology teacher who claims he was treated like crap and FIRED because he's black.

TMZ has obtained the lawsuit filed by James Holmes Jr. -- who claims he was hired to teach 9th and 10th grade biology at Andre Agassi College Prep Academy in 2005.

According to his suit, things went smoothly for the next 3 years ... until the school hired a new principal in 2008 ... who allegedly favored white teachers.

James claims the principal refused to let him travel to a science conference ... blaming it on budget restraints. But James claims he later discovered the school head DID have funds reserved for other teachers who wanted to attend conferences ... and they all happened to be white.

James also claims the principal denied his request for new lab materials due to budget restraints ... only to find out the lab materials were ordered for two white teachers instead.

According to the suit, James says he filed a complaint with the school ... but officials retaliated by firing his *** and replacing him with a substitute elementary school teacher who wasn't certified to teach science courses.

James is demanding at least $75k in damages. Andre is not personally named in the suit.

A rep for the Academy tells us, "We will aggressively defend the suit because the case is baseless and without any merit."


Sourc: TMZ

Cup8489 02-23-2012 12:06 PM

TMZ.

Why not the National Enquirer?

El Diablo 02-23-2012 12:19 PM

The fired teacher was obviously a moron -- NOBODY demands only $75,000 in damages.

sureshs 02-23-2012 12:31 PM

The place sounded too good to be true. I think it is staffed with Andre Agassi ***-kissers - at least that is how I felt when I saw them interviewed in a TV segment.

I have always wondered how the school continues with Agassi's name after he publicly admitted that he doped and lied about it to the ATP.

Also, I was never convinced about the 100% college-bound rate that I have heard claimed, because to me that indicates that someone is bullying college admission officers to admit kids from the school.

In general, I am in favor of all schools being given more attention, than only a few special ones. Agassi could have started a program which would benefit multiple public and private schools instead of starting an exclusive one.

sureshs 02-23-2012 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by El Diablo (Post 6345590)
The fired teacher was obviously a moron -- NOBODY demands only $75,000 in damages.

I would have asked for 7.5 million.

Cup8489 02-23-2012 12:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sureshs (Post 6345614)
The place sounded too good to be true. I think it is staffed with Andre Agassi ***-kissers - at least that is how I felt when I saw them interviewed in a TV segment.

I have always wondered how the school continues with Agassi's name after he publicly admitted that he doped and lied about it to the ATP.

Also, I was never convinced about the 100% college-bound rate that I have heard claimed, because to me that indicates that someone is bullying college admission officers to admit kids from the school.

In general, I am in favor of all schools being given more attention, than only a few special ones. Agassi could have started a program which would benefit multiple public and private schools instead of starting an exclusive one.

college-bound doesn't mean college-accepted.. but i could see all the students, once given the opportunity to go to college, and chosen from their peers to attend the prep school, that the vast majority of them strive to continue in college.

coloskier 02-23-2012 01:55 PM

If you have actually visited the Academy, any racist claim would be very strange because it has a definitely majority of non-white students.

sureshs 02-23-2012 06:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by coloskier (Post 6345762)
If you have actually visited the Academy, any racist claim would be very strange because it has a definitely majority of non-white students.

I know. Andre opened it for that purpose - to serve the local kids and that demographic.

It does not say anything about racism though. It is a much more complex affair. The students may belong to one demographic, but the dynamics in the administration can be completely different, and that is where the power and job security is. One of the things you learn when getting trained on these issues is that stereotypes are often not true. Women can side with men against other women, gays can sexually harass each other, a company with a large percentage of women can still be full of misogyny at the Board level, and so on.

rommil 02-23-2012 06:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dutch-Guy (Post 6345533)
The Nevada prep school named after and founded by Andre Agassi has been sued by a former biology teacher who claims he was treated like crap and FIRED because he's black.
According to the suit, James says he filed a complaint with the school ... but officials retaliated by firing his ***
Sourc: TMZ


I think firing his booty might have been more appropriate way of putting it.



There's no way they are racist. I see a black kid on the bus in the Longines ad.

sureshs 02-23-2012 06:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rommil (Post 6346121)
I think firing his booty might have been more appropriate way of putting it.



There's no way they are racist. I see a black kid on the bus in the Longines ad.

See my post above. You are young and naive.

Next time you see an oil company ad about its wind energy investments, don't think that they are not lobbying at the highest level to kill any alternate energy initiatives. Or that a company which kicks off an ad about a diverse group of people is not racist at the top levels. Here it is probably a matter with individuals though. Or of course it could just be an opportunistic lawsuit by a guy who wants to make a few bucks. Life is complex.

Cup8489 02-23-2012 07:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sureshs (Post 6346149)
See my post above. You are young and naive.

Next time you see an oil company ad about its wind energy investments, don't think that they are not lobbying at the highest level to kill any alternate energy initiatives. Or that a company which kicks off an ad about a diverse group of people is not racist at the top levels. Here it is probably a matter with individuals though. Or of course it could just be an opportunistic lawsuit by a guy who wants to make a few bucks. Life is complex.

i think that was partial sarcasm. Kinda like there's no way this country is racist, we have a black president. but alot of people in this country are extremely racist.

DeShaun 02-23-2012 09:21 PM

If Agassi Prep is 100% privately funded, Mr. Holmes' road ahead looks long and steep.

nereis 02-23-2012 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dutch-Guy (Post 6345533)
The Nevada prep school named after and founded by Andre Agassi has been sued by a former biology teacher who claims he was treated like crap and FIRED because he's black.

TMZ has obtained the lawsuit filed by James Holmes Jr. -- who claims he was hired to teach 9th and 10th grade biology at Andre Agassi College Prep Academy in 2005.

According to his suit, things went smoothly for the next 3 years ... until the school hired a new principal in 2008 ... who allegedly favored white teachers.

James claims the principal refused to let him travel to a science conference ... blaming it on budget restraints. But James claims he later discovered the school head DID have funds reserved for other teachers who wanted to attend conferences ... and they all happened to be white.

James also claims the principal denied his request for new lab materials due to budget restraints ... only to find out the lab materials were ordered for two white teachers instead.

According to the suit, James says he filed a complaint with the school ... but officials retaliated by firing his *** and replacing him with a substitute elementary school teacher who wasn't certified to teach science courses.

James is demanding at least $75k in damages. Andre is not personally named in the suit.

A rep for the Academy tells us, "We will aggressively defend the suit because the case is baseless and without any merit."


Sourc: TMZ

They can just claim that he was fired for being incompetent at his job or other mitigating factors involved. Unless they can find the smoking gun that refers to him as a '******' or have it so overt it's indefensible his attorneys have their job cut out for them.

chatt_town 02-24-2012 01:52 AM

that what is described goes on a lot. It doesn't mean it is true here. We will just have to wait and see. I learned from my father who was an EEO Counselor for a long time that people get descriminated against for all kinds of reasons. There doesn't have to be a tape of them calling him the N word. My dad is doing a case right now where a guy got the shaft after 24 years of spotless work according to his work record. In one year he gets a new supervisor and out the door the same year after 24 years of spotless work as a financial person overseaing a 2 million dollar budget. This sounds very simlliar. I asked my father what is it looking like and he said it looks pretty good. He's lost one case in 20 something years and he said it was his own.lol That was before he became the EEO Counselor for the place he was working. So I will watch this closely. I will say this though. Even if it is found that the school was wrong, I don't think that's a reason to say he is bad or even his school. He just needs to make the wrong right and get rid of the principal.

Quote:

Originally Posted by nereis (Post 6346391)
They can just claim that he was fired for being incompetent at his job or other mitigating factors involved. Unless they can find the smoking gun that refers to him as a '******' or have it so overt it's indefensible his attorneys have their job cut out for them.


Emet74 02-24-2012 07:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sureshs (Post 6345614)
The place sounded too good to be true. I think it is staffed with Andre Agassi ***-kissers - at least that is how I felt when I saw them interviewed in a TV segment.

I have always wondered how the school continues with Agassi's name after he publicly admitted that he doped and lied about it to the ATP.

Also, I was never convinced about the 100% college-bound rate that I have heard claimed, because to me that indicates that someone is bullying college admission officers to admit kids from the school.

In general, I am in favor of all schools being given more attention, than only a few special ones. Agassi could have started a program which would benefit multiple public and private schools instead of starting an exclusive one.


Who knows what happened with this individual teacher, but I completely disagree w/ your points about the school. I see nothing suspicious about the kids being college-bound; it's not difficult to get into college in the US if you have a decent literacy level. Anyone who does their homework on a regular basis at a half-decent school will be able to be admitted to college; not to mention that community colleges are open to everyone.

Giving $ to schools in general is pouring it down at rathole as they are badly mangaged and run. If you set up a private school with some standards, you can at least help the kids that attend it. I attended a small private school when younger, and when the graduates moved on to the public schools, we were all, from the best to the worst students, above average compared to the public school kids.

Gorecki 02-24-2012 07:16 AM

i'm wating for the resident "Everything is about racism" brigade to chime in!

bluetrain4 02-24-2012 07:18 AM

Whatever happened to best friend Perry after the falling out? I saw some documentary on Agassi which gave a lot of time to the creation of the school and Perry was instrumental in the process, and it was mentioned about a billion times how they had been great friends for so long.

But, then they had some big falling out with Perry suing Agassi or something like that. Whatever became of him?

Nostradamus 02-26-2012 03:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by coloskier (Post 6345762)
If you have actually visited the Academy, any racist claim would be very strange because it has a definitely majority of non-white students.

school being majority black students doesn't mean that the new principle didn't discriminate. Just 1 or 2 bad apple in the lot can predispose the entire school to such lawsuits.

Caesar 02-26-2012 04:05 PM

Anyone who has ever had to fire someone will know how easy it is to be accused of impropriety. If you fire a woman, it's because you're sexist. If you fire an older person, it's because you're ageist. If you fire a minority, it's because you're racist.

Why? Because when someone gets fired it is 99 times out of 100 because they are not great employees. If they are not out-and-out liars then they often have difficulty acknowledging and taking responsibility for their failings. Blaming the employer is the natural (and normal) reaction.

As such I am skeptical of any sort of claim like this unless there is some sort of substantiation. I am sure plenty of people get fired by racist employers because they're black. But when the employer being accused is a school catering primarily to black students then I would like to see something more than the word of a disgruntled ex-employee.

PollyBallGirl 02-26-2012 07:19 PM

How do i become a student at the Agassi school?


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