SF Board of Education Member Sues District, Colleagues for Jaw-Dropping $87 Million
Former San Francisco Board of Education Vice President Allison Collins has filed a lawsuit against the district and her colleagues after they stripped her VP title over anti-Asian tweets.
Collins’ lawsuit was unexpected, according to ABC7 News. She claims her First Amendment rights were violated. She’s seeking $87 million in damages.
The suit was swiftly condemned by San Francisco leaders.
"This is an embarrassment,” said Mayor London Breed. “It's one thing to sue in general but you're going to sue for some money? That is something that a member of the school board who voters elected should never have the ability to do.”
“After years in politics, I thought I’d seen every inappropriate & self-absorbed thing a politician can do,” Senator Scott Wiener said on Twitter. “I was wrong. If Allison Collins even vaguely cares about educating San Francisco’s kids, she’ll stop suing the school district & her colleagues for $100M & instead resign.”
Collins has a devoted group of supporters, however. Some of them joined her at a recent rally outside school district headquarters. One of them told ABC7 that Collins shouldn’t be ‘canceled’ for five-year-old tweets — especially ones that reflect her own experience with racism as a Black woman.
Collins’ 2016 tweets said Asian Americans “believe they benefit from the ‘model minority’ BS” and “use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and ‘get ahead,” among other things.