MassGOP Chairman Jim Lyons on Dedham Public Schools’ settlement with fired football coach David Flynn: “It shouldn’t have taken a federal lawsuit for school officials to realize how wrong they were.”
Sept. 2, 2022
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WOBURN — Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons praised the Washington D.C.-based legal organization Judicial Watch after the group announced that a popular Dedham High School football coach dismissed by administrators in January 2021 after questioning his then-seventh grade daughter’s class curriculum reached a settlement with the district.
Part of the settlement specifically requires that Dedham teachers cannot indoctrinate students with radical Black Lives Matter online material.
Coach David Flynn lost his job after voicing concerns about his daughter’s education. Lyons reserved special praise for Flynn for his refusal to stand down.
“No parent should ever have to fear the type of retaliation Coach Flynn lived through for simply questioning the curriculum being taught in his child’s classroom,” Lyons said after the settlement was announced. “This outcome proves Coach Flynn was absolutely within his rights to get involved, and thanks to his bravery and willingness to speak up, it should finally be clear for all to see that parental concerns with respect to radical indoctrination should be taken seriously.”
“Coach Flynn set an example for all parents and all like-minded individuals that you can in fact stand up to the woke mob and put a stop to this nonsense.”
In a letter to Flynn, the district superintendent conceded that the district committed an error, admitting his “regret that these initial justifiable concerns ultimately led to where we are today.”
“It should not have taken a federal civil rights lawsuit for the school administrators to realize just how wrong they were in punishing a parent for speaking on behalf of his daughter.”