The Associated Press – SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A high school teacher has been fired after being accused of “disrespect[ing] religion” and “ignoring the Constitution” during a classroom lesson, a district attorney said Friday.
The San Francisco Unified School District said that David Tompkins was fired Tuesday after being notified by a parent about a class session involving his son, an eighth-grader at Santa Clara Elementary School.
Tompkins has taught at San Francisco-area high schools for 30 years, and his office said he has taught about 10,000 students.
Tumblewood High School is also suing the district over the dismissal.
District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in a statement that the district is committed to upholding the Constitution and that the “unacceptable conduct” of Tompas was unacceptable.
The district said the incident involved Tompakis and two other students who attended a school party where a teacher was “unaware” of the situation.
“While he did not hear the discussion about religion, he did recognize that the discussion included the importance of respect for the religious beliefs of others, Wagstaff said.
Topeks said in an email that he is disappointed by the district’s decision.”
My parents and I feel for the students, parents, and community members who have been negatively affected by this, but we are not going to give up,” Topeks wrote.”
We will continue to fight for justice for our community and all students.
“Tompakis is an attorney who specializes in constitutional law and has been a district lawyer since 2002, according to his website.
He said he is not affiliated with the district.