At East Georgia College (EGC), a teacher became entangled with America's feminist control educational policies. However, he fought back.
Professor Thomas Thibeault's ordeal started shortly after an August 5, 2009, faculty training session on the school's sexual harassment policy. During the session he asked, "What provision is there in the sexual harassment policy to protect the accused against complaints which are malicious or, in this case, ridiculous?" Mary Smith, Vice President for Legal Affairs, who was conducting the session, replied that there was no such provision to protect the accused. Thibeault then responded "the policy itself is flawed."
Thibeault is correct. Leaving the falsely accused unprotected,the vast majority of them being men, displays a classic feminist mentality. It is the same mentality responsible for the US Deptartment of Education's recent guidelines stating only minimal evidence of sexual assault is needed in order to remove a man from college.
According to Thomas Thibeault’s complaint, the next day, Mary Smith began a retaliatory crusade against him. "Smith summoned numerous East Georgia College's faculty and staff members to her office and demanded that they provide information about their interactions with Thibeault during his tenure with EGC." Two days after the training session, Thibeault was called to the office of EGC president John Bryant Black for a meeting with Mary Smith. The Professor was told to resign. In a letter detailing the events of the meeting, Thibeault wrote that he was told by Black he “was a divisive force in the college at a time when the college needed unity.” Additionally, the president also threatened to make public Thibeault’s “long history of sexual harassment” if he did not. The professor was unaware of any sexual harassement complaints against him and refused to resign. The president then had the police escort him off the campus. Thibeault understood this to mean he was fired.
The professor however hit back. He enlisted the help of an organization called FIRE (Foundation for the Individual Rights in Education). FIRE made Thibeault's case public and demanded evidence of any wrong doing. As a result, in October 2009 president Black wrote "I have made the decision that the evidence does not warrant the charge of sexual harassment."
However, Black did not withdraw his punishment of Thibeault, and the school did not renew Thibeault's contract. On August 5, 2010, Thibeault filed a lawsuit against Black, Smith, and the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
In a settlement, recently agreed upon, East Georgia College will pay $50,000 to Professor Thomas Thibeault, provide him with a letter of reference, and the Board of Regents will purge all documents "relating to Thibeault's termination" from his personnel file and all work history records. The defendants also agreed not to discuss those documents with others.
This case shows the level of control feminist have over the American education system. They make policy and can get teachers fired. However, this case also shows the feminist can be beaten. They are not invincible.