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Suspended Cordova High School Principal Files Lawsuit Against District

February 26, 2021

(News Channel 3 Memphis) — A Shelby County School principal is suing the district after his suspension last month.

Barton Thorne of Cordova High School was placed on paid administrative leave after comments he made over the district’s virtual learning platform. The audio of Thorne’s remarks, which lasts a little more than nine minutes long, was obtained by WREG-TV.

While Throne was critical of the riots at the Capitol, he objected to actions taken by several social media platforms.

“It’s what’s going on with Twitter and Facebook and Google and Apple, and their decision as private companies to filter and to decide what you, you hear and know about,” Throne said in the recording.

Thorne stressed his comments weren’t about President Trump, but more so about freedom of speech.

“Because there have been times even in American history where a small group of people decided what you could hear. You think about ‘McCarthyism.’ If you don’t know about that, you can Google that or talk to your Social Studies teacher,” Thorne said in the recording.

Since then he has retained legal counsel from the Liberty Justice Center.