Virginia parents file suit arguing school district indoctrinating students with Critical Race Theory

C.I. v. Albemarle County School Board was filed on behalf of nine parents

Updated: December 24, 2021 - 10:24am

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Parents in Virginia's Albemarle County are suing their school district leaders and board members, alleging they are "indoctrinating" students with so-called critical race theory, in violation of the commonwealth's constitution.

"A public school should not, and in this case under the law cannot, indoctrinate kids in a destructive, race-based ideology," Ryan Bangert, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, the group representing parents, told Fox News Digital on Thursday. 

Critical race theory is essentially the academic argument, dating back to the 1970s, that U.S. laws are inherently racist.

Concerns about students being taught CRT curricula has in recent months become a flashpoint with parents across the county, particularly in Virginia, sparking heated exchanges at school board meetings and similar, recent legal challenges against school officials and board members.

Bangert filed the suit, C.I. v. Albemarle County School Board, on behalf of nine parents, Fox News also reports.

He argues students are "being told that they are defined by their race and nothing else.”