Dr. Bertie Simmons vs. HISD

More developing news in the case of one of Houston’s most beloved principals who got the boot from her school.

An attorney representing Furr High School's Dr. Bertie Simmons is pushing several cards tonight – age, retaliation, and of course the race card.

They have filed several federal complaints against the Houston Independent School District. This comes after Dr. Simmons was removed from her position at Furr last week amid allegations she verbally threatened students saying she would hit them with a bat if they didn't wear their new school uniforms to class.

Dr. Simmons' attorney says the mastermind behind this plan is HISD trustee Diana Davila.

"We've provided information in the federal complaints that trustee Davila stated in September 2016 at a non-fundraiser fundraiser that there were too many white administrators in HISD so to the extends that what is being done to Dr. Simmons and her team is motivated by a desire to replace someone who is Caucasian with a Hispanic or another minority," said Dr. Simmons' lawyer Scott Neward.

"This is why you can't rethink public high schools is because of the bureaucracy that gets involved and stops it," said Dr. Simmons.

HISD released a statement today saying the district will respond to the EEOC and the Department of Justice complaints filed on behalf of Dr. Simmons and denies any allegations of a pattern and practice of discriminatory treatment against employees.

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