Two Texas fathers who had been arrested for allegedly disrupting Round Rock Independent School District board conferences are actually suing, claiming their proper to free speech was violated.
Jeremy Story and Dustin Clark had been escorted out of faculty board conferences after talking out in opposition to Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez in two separate incidents on the finish of 2021.
Azaiez had beforehand been accused of making an attempt to get his mistress to abort their child after which assaulting her when she refused however was by no means criminally charged.
Story and Clark had been booted from the constructing after they introduced up allegations of misconduct in opposition to Azaiez in the course of the conferences in August and September.
Days after the second incident in September, each Story and Clark had been arrested by the sheriff’s workplace on disorderly conduct prices.
Now, in a lawsuit filed months later that was obtained by Fox News Digital, the fathers declare the district violated their rights to petition the federal government for redress and violated their rights to train free speech with out retaliation.
‘The general development is principally a conspiracy amongst a lot of them to take away and restrain the civil rights of residents whom they disagree with,’ Jeremy Story, instructed Fox News Digital on Thursday.
‘They in the end have gone to nice lengths to silence dad and mom who disagree with them and in the end to hide their very own malfeasance.’
Round Rock father Jeremy Story is pictured being faraway from a college board assembly in August 2021 after citing a protecting order in opposition to Azaiez
Both Story (left) and Clark (proper) had been charged with hinder continuing by disorderly conduct in 2021, are actually suing the district, claiming their free speech rights had been violated
Story instructed Fox News Digital he hoped the lawsuit will grow to be ‘a landmark case to reverse the lack of parental rights throughout the nation and to offer dad and mom a voice again of their children’ training.’
‘We need our public training system to easily educate our kids and once we ship our kids to the general public college, we’re not submitting to be co-parents with the federal authorities,’ he added.
The lawsuit comes months after the September 17 arrests of Story and Clark, which calls the disorderly prices ‘false’ and ‘trumped-up,’ claiming they ‘didn’t represent a foundation for arrest as a result of they had been merely exercising their constitutional proper to take part within the board assembly.’
In August 2021, Story – a father of seven – tried to voice his considerations in regards to the allegations in opposition to Azaiez, prompting then-Board President Amy Weir to chop him off, warning him not to talk about a subject unrelated to the assembly’s agenda. Police then escorted Story out of the assembly.
Weir beforehand instructed Fox News that ‘there has by no means been an try and silence Mr. Story.’
She added that Story wrote on a card indicating what he would say on the assembly, and he wrote that ‘in contrast to the board, residents usually are not required to talk on gadgets on the agenda,’ thus indicating that ‘he was planning to talk on a subject not listed for the assembly,’ Weir mentioned.
In September 2021, Clark, a father of 4, additionally talked about the allegations of misconduct in opposition to Azaiez, throughout a college board assembly that was arrange with simply 18 chairs in a room that might 300 folks and prevented members of the general public from coming into.
‘These actions gave the impression to be an effort to intimidate dad and mom and management the optics by arbitrarily proscribing the capability of oldsters and neighborhood members allowed within the boardroom,’ Clark beforehand instructed Fox News Digital.
The college board handed a tax enhance at that assembly, a rise that the lawsuit claimed was unlawful.
Clark was faraway from the constructing and faculty district officers blamed COVID restrictions on the diminished capability.
In September, Dustin Clark, who has kids within the Round Rock district, was arrested after talking out in opposition to Azaiez throughout a gathering (pictured)
A number of days after the September incident, each Story and Clark had been arrested by the sheriff’s workplace on prices of hinder continuing by disorderly conduct.
Story referred to as on the varsity board to research its personal members, however the board voted in opposition to the investigation.
In the lawsuit filed Wednesday, the fathers claimed the board of trustees ‘did not function overtly, and violated the Texas Open Meetings Act by deliberating in secret and deciding that Azaiez needs to be employed in a later sham vote.’
They additionally demanded a tempora
0ry restraining order and court docket injunctions to stop the defendants from implementing ‘arbitrary spacing guidelines at board conferences utilizing the Limited Public Comment and pretextual COVID-19 seating rule to restrict criticism.’
Jenny LaCoste-Caputo, a spokeswoman for the varsity district, instructed Fox News Digital it had not but been served with the swimsuit and declined remark.
Round Rock Independent School Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez is on a paid administrative depart after being accused of making an attempt to get his mistress to abort their child after which assaulting her final 12 months
School Board President Amy Weir (pictured) has been accused of claiming she would shield Azaiez from misconduct accusations
The scandal within the Round Rock Independent School District has been brewing for months, and when the varsity district discovered of the allegations in opposition to Azaiez, it employed an impartial investigator and positioned the superintendent on paid administrative depart.
Azaiez had been accused by his mistress of making an attempt to pressure her to abort their child and of assaulting her when she refused, prompting the girl to acquire a protecting order in opposition to him.
He returned to work in March after the varsity board voted 5-2 to convey him again from paid administrative depart.
No felony prices had been filed in opposition to Azaiez, and the protecting order in opposition to him has expired.
The mistress, who has not been named, described Azaiez as manipulative, controlling and ‘very tough’ of their intimacy. She claimed that Azaiez, who was married, instructed her he was estranged from his spouse and was solely ready for his kids to develop as much as file for a divorce.
The superintendent’s lover wrote in her affidavit that she instructed Azaiez about her being pregnant on June 24, 2021, after he had simply signed the contract naming him Round Rock’s new superintendent.
According to the submitting, Azaiez blamed the girl for his or her affair and being pregnant, after which allegedly began to threaten her on telephone calls and in textual content messages.
‘He requested me to have an abortion so he wouldn’t lose his profession and household. I used to be very upset at this, and I mentioned no to an abortion and instructed him that I had made up my thoughts to have the kid,’ the girl, who was 9 weeks pregnant on the time, wrote.
‘He mentioned this baby was a mistake and so was I, he wished nothing to do with this baby, he didn’t need it,’ she continued. ‘He mentioned I used to be mendacity, and he was not the daddy of the kid.’
A number of days later, she wrote that Azaiez began to intimidate her ‘by telling me he was able of energy…he then mentioned nobody would imagine me if I mentioned he was the daddy and that he would inform everybody I used to be loopy and make me look loopy’.
The mistress mentioned she repeatedly implored Azaiez to tell the varsity board of her being pregnant, however she claimed the newly employed superintendent bragged to her that then-School Board President Amy Weir ‘had provided to guard him, she was informing him of every little thing and assured him he wouldn’t lose his job,’ based on the court docket doc.
The petitioner continued: ‘In the previous I had heard conversations between him and the varsity board preside plotting issues and retaining issues from different college board members.’
The submitting alleged that on July 6, Azaiez referred to as his mistress, accusing her of informing the varsity board of her being pregnant behind his again. He allegedly reiterated that Weir would shield him and the girl ‘was going to pay for him shedding his profession and household’.
Later that very same day, Azaiez allegedly got here to his pregnant girlfriend’ residence and once more tried to persuade her to get an abortion, however she refused.
‘He grew to become so indignant he grabbed my arms with pressure, shaking me and shoving me till he threw me to the ground,’ she claimed.
When the girl threatened to name the police, she mentioned Azaiez took away her telephone, however then instructed her he didn’t imply to do that and left.
The lady claimed that after the assault, she developed a bleeding and was instructed by her physician that she may miscarry. It’s unclear whether or not the girl introduced the being pregnant to time period.
According to the protecting order utility, the mistress was left fearing for her life and her child’s life after somebody broke into her residence within the Austin space in mid-July and stole gadgets containing her private data, together with her iPad, laptop computer, and journals, however not her jewellery, money or different valuables.
His lawyer instructed Fox News Digital that she has ‘incontrovertible’ proof proving that the assault by no means occurred, however she didn’t say what it’s. She additionally revealed that Azaiez and his mistress have ‘amicably’ reached a confidential settlement settlement.