Two Ohio parents are denouncing a private school that expelled their children after the pair of mothers launched a public campaign against critical race theory.
Speaking to Fox News Wednesday morning, Andrea Gross and Amy Gonzalez expressed their dismay that Columbus Academy had denied re-enrollment to both of their children, as well as others who the school said breached part of their contract by publicly pushing back against the theory being added to the curriculum.
“I feel like it is unfortunate that when you are speaking out and you are trying to say your truth, unfortunately, there are people who want to retaliate against you. In this case, they retaliated against our children, who are innocent,” Gross told the network.
“We tried, in the best way possible, to represent and speak up not only for our children but also our teachers. At a private school, they did not have a union. I believe a lot of it is coming from The National Association of Independent Schools,” Gonzalez added.
The two moms spent months organizing the PRO CA Coalition, which advocates against teaching critical race theory at Columbus Academy.
Critical race theory dictates that racism is an underlying dynamic of all human interaction and views the human experience as a constant power struggle between the races, often with a focus on “white privilege.”
Critics have argued against including it in students’ curriculum, with many arguing it teaches children to view each other based on race.
The school, which includes pre-K through 12th-grade students, effectively expelled two of Gross’ children and one of Gonzalez’s, according to the network, citing letters from the school.
Reached for comment, a school spokesperson told the network that it would not comment on specific cases, but more generally restated the school’s position on “attacks” leveled by parents.
“Columbus Academy does not comment on the circumstances of any student or family,” the statement said.
“However, any parent who waged a public campaign of false and misleading statements and inflammatory attacks harmful to the employees, the reputation, or the financial stability of Columbus Academy would be in clear violation of the Enrollment Agreement and would be denied re-enrollment for the following school year.”