- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Two Memphis school security guards who were fired after using force to take down a black pregnant teenager are now suing the school district for anti-white discrimination.

Henry Todd and Richard Pinner, both former guards at Northwest Prep Academy, said they did not use excessive force in 2013 when they were seen on surveillance video taking a 17-year-old pregnant student to the ground.

The former guards claimed they were fired after the incident because they are white and the student was black, according to a reverse discrimination lawsuit against Shelby County Schools that went to trial Monday in U.S. District Court.

“Plaintiffs are members of a protected class consisting of members of the white race,” the lawsuit states, The Commercial Appeal reported.

A teacher testified in court Monday that he heard the school’s principal say, “If those white officers hurt my black babies, I’m going to have them fired,” a local NBC News affiliate reported.

The former principal testified saying that was not true.

Shelby County Schools insisted the officers were fired for non-discriminatory reasons.

“Above all, we are committed to ensuring safe learning environments for all of our students,” the district said in a statement. “We believe these individuals abused their positions of trust and compromised the safety of students, making them unfit for service with Shelby County Schools. Thus, their employment was terminated. We expect this decision to be upheld in the upcoming federal court trial.”

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