Indiana school administrator on leave after viral CRT video

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An Indiana school administrator who went viral for explaining how critical race theory is covertly taught in schools — like “social snake oil schemes” — says he’s now been placed on leave, had his email access cut and is banned from entering school buildings.

Tony Kinnett, who works as a science coordinator for the Indianapolis Public Schools, posted a video on Twitter earlier this month accusing the school system of lying about CRT being taught in its schools.

In the clip, which has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, he claims school administrators use “misdirection” to throw off concerned parents.

Kinnett told The Post Thursday that he has been on leave with pay since he posted the video on Nov. 4.

He said HR had warned him twice since then that he would have to “part ways” with the district if he continued to act as a “whistleblower,” and that staff have “clinical anxiety” working with him in the wake of his criticism.

Since the viral exposé, Kinnett has continued to criticize the district on Twitter and release “inside look” information because he claims the school district isn’t being “transparent.”

The administrator also said his access to his work email, Google Drive and calendars were cut off without warning on Wednesday — and he’s been banned from entering any school district buildings.

Kinnett said all the information he has released was located on a public server, and he has denied releasing any private data.

Prior to his access being cut off, Kinnett said he’d downloaded “racist documents and videos” from the server — and indicated he was going to release them at some point.

He told The Post that the district should come clean on whether they stand behind staff “racial gaslighting.”

Andria Derio (cq) sits in the gallery before the Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban teaching critical race theory in schools
Tony Kinnett accused the school district of lying about CRT being taught in its schools.
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“Parents have a right to know the district’s approach to curriculum and pedagogy, so they might make the best decision in where to send their kids,” he said.

Indianapolis Public Schools didn’t immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

In his viral video, which has also been shared more than 6,400 times and liked 13,000 times, Kinnett described how had personally witnessed CRT being taught in classrooms — even though the district had told parents it doesn’t.

An even mix of proponents and opponents to teaching Critical Race Theory are in attendance as the Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a proposed resolution to ban it from being taught in schools.
Kinnett has continued his criticism of the schools’ curriculum on Twitter.
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“When we tell you that schools aren’t teaching critical race theory… that’s misdirection,” he said in the video.

“We don’t have the quotes and theories in state standards per se… We do have CRT in how we teach. We tell our teachers to treat our students differently based on color.

He added: “We tell our students that every problem is a result of white men. And that everything western civilization built is racist. That capitalism is a tool of white supremacy. This is in math, history, science, the arts and it’s not slowing down.”



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