Indiana school administrator on leave after viral CRT video

Indiana school administrator who has gone viral for explaining how critical race theory is secretly taught in schools – like “snake oil social programs” – says he has now been put on leave, that his access to his e-mails has been cut off and that it is forbidden to enter school buildings.

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

In the clip, which has now been viewed more than 500,000 times, he claims school administrators are using “management error” to deter worried parents.

Kinnett told the Post on Thursday that he has been on paid leave since posting the video on Nov. 4.

He said HR had warned him twice since that he would have to “separate” from the district if he continued to act as a “whistleblower” and that staff had “clinical anxiety” to work with. him as a result of his criticism.

Since the viral exposure, Kinnett has continued to criticize the district on Twitter and to post about the “sight shots” because he claims the school district is not “transparent.”

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

Kinnett said all of the information he posted was on a public server and he denied disclosing any private data.

Before his access was cut, Kinnett said he downloaded “racist documents and videos” from the server – and indicated he would release them at some point.

He told The Post that the district should make it clear whether it stands behind the “racial gazlighting” of staff.

Tony Kinnett accused the school district of lying about teaching CRT in its schools.
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“Parents have a right to know the district’s approach to curriculum and pedagogy, so that they can make the best decision about where to send their children,” he said.

Indianapolis public schools did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment.

In his viral video, which has also been shared over 6,400 times and liked 13,000 times, Kinnett described how he personally witnessed CRT being taught in classrooms – even though the district told parents that this was not the case.

An equal mix of supporters and opponents of teaching Critical Race Theory is present as Placentia Yorba Linda School Board discusses a motion for a resolution to ban its teaching in schools.
Kinnett continued to criticize the schools program on Twitter.
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“When we tell you schools don’t teach critical race theory… that’s the wrong direction,” he said in the video.

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

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

Martha K. Merrill