Judge dismissed lawsuit filed by Alison Collins against school district, colleagues

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An $87 million lawsuit filed by Alison Collins, a San Francisco school board member, was dismissed by a federal judge on Monday.

The judge tossed out the lawsuit against the school district and five Collins’ colleagues, citing that Collins’ claims lack merit and the case does not need to reach the court for further argument.

The lawsuit was supposed to undergo its first court hearing after three days.

According to the ruling of Federal District Court of Northern District of California’s Judge Haywood Gilliam, Jr., no further arguments are needed for the case.

The lawsuit was filed by Collins in March. The school board member accused her fellow members as well as the school district to have defied her rights to free speech.

This, as they toppled her down from her vice president role and excluded her from committees, is rooted in her tweets in 2016 targeting Asian Americans.

No comments were extended by both parties – Collins and the District officials.

In the suit, Collins sought an injunction for her to reclaim her vice president role as well as to restore her position in the committee. The judge also turned down this request.

Before being elected as a school board member, Collins said in several tweets saying Asian Americans had used “white supremacist thinking to assimilate and ‘get ahead.’”

 “Where are the vocal Asians speaking up against Trump? Don’t Asian Americans know they’re on his list as well?,” she wrote in a thread.

Collins continued, “Do they think they won’t be deported? profiled? beaten? Being a house n****r is still being a n****r. You’re still considered ‘the help.,” referring to racial nicknames, San Francisco Chronicle reported.

She said in the lawsuit that her tweets were not racist and were just interpreted out of context.