BERKELEY (KRON) — The Berkeley teacher who said she was kicked out of the classroom for taking part in an anti-Nazi rally is fighting for her job back.
A rally with members of the group By Any Means Necessary took place in Berkeley Wednesday evening to support a Berkeley Unified School District teacher who is suing the district for allegedly violating her freedom of speech and due process rights.
The rally on Wednesday at the Berkeley Public Library’s North Branch at 1170 The Alameda in Berkeley is in support of teacher Yvette Felarca, who led a protest against neo-Nazis in Sacramento earlier this year and was placed on administrative lave by the district.
The rally over the summer turned violent and led to threats against the school. In a video, you can see the two sides taking swings at each other and some people were stabbed. It was between Nazis taking part in pro-Trump rally and an anti-Nazi group.
The Martin Luther King Jr. school teacher Felarca took part in the anti-Nazi protest, she says, after someone from the Trump side of the protest sent an anonymous email to her school threatening to hurt students.
And that is when the Berkeley Unified School District put her on paid administrative leave, Felarca said.
She told KRON4 the district retaliated against her and she is filing a lawsuit to get her job back, saying the district has not defended her, that she has a right to free speech, and is allowed to have political views outside of the classroom.
Felarca showed KRON4 her scar from being stabbed during the fight.
KRON4 reached out to the Berkeley Unified School District for comment on the new lawsuit but have not heard back.
In the past, the district told KRON4 it could not comment because employee disciplinary matters are confidential.
Here are court documents: