ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — Six teachers, current and former, from Kemp Mill Elementary School in Montgomery County filed a lawsuit against the school’s principal and the Board of Education on Tuesday, saying it has been a nightmare working under Floyd Starnes.
Carmell Mansour, one of the teachers who filed the suit, alleges Starnes has been bullying the school’s staff for years. Further, the group alleges the Board of Education was aware of Starnes’ behavior, but did nothing to stop it.
In addition to the bullying, the lawsuit alleges there were instances of inappropriate physical touching and harassment. The group also claims teachers were instructed not to report suspected cases of child abuse to authorities.
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit say Starnes threatened retaliatory action against any teacher or staff member who defied his mandates or threatened to make public his actions.
“I sought medical care. I cried all they way to school I cried all the way. A couple of months ago I just couldn’t set foot in there again,” Mansour told All-News 99.1 WNEW reporter Karen Adams. “The (school) board has done nothing. They’ve been told not once not twice. I can go on and on.”
The teachers and staff members at the elementary school want Starnes to be fired and to have their reputations, if not their positions at Kemp Mill, restored.
The Montgomery County Board of Education issued a brief statement Tuesday afternoon saying that the group’s claims are without merit thus far.
“It is unfortunate that a group of people is using the media to make accusations—thus far proven to be overwhelmingly false and erroneous—against the principal of Kemp Mill Elementary School,” the release read.
“These allegations have been raised by some of the same employees in the past and have been the subject of proceedings at various levels, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). In each one of these proceedings to date, these allegations were found to have little or no merit, and the EEOC did not move forward with any of the complaints.”