Michelle Obama’s brother, Craig Robinson, and his wife, Kelly Robinson, filed a lawsuit against the University School of Milwaukee (USM), alleging their sons were expelled out of retaliation.
The Robinsons’ lawsuit accuses USM of racism and breach of contract.
After overhearing a classroom assignment while their 9-year-old and 11-year-old sons were at home doing virtual learning, the Robinson contacted the school about racial and ethnic stereotypes in the virtual assignments.
They submitted two separate reports to the school in January 2021 and March 2021, documenting their concerns.
After conversations and e-mails, the Robinsons’ were shocked when the school dismissed their 5th grader on April 14, 2021, and their 3rd grader on June 21, 2021.
The termination letter issued by the school states:
…you repeatedly engaged in disrespectful and demanding communications with and about our teachers and administrators.
…it has only become more evident that there has been a complete breakdown in your family’s trust of and respect for USM.
Mr. Robinson says he has no idea where those allegations stem from.
Mrs. Robinson said their story resonated with many families in the community and former USM families reached out to them and shared their stories of retaliation and biases.
Mrs. Robinson shared a disturbing story about an underground railroad reenactment contained in USM’s fourth-grade curriculum 10 years ago.
One of the stories that we weren’t made aware of was that just as recent as 10 years ago, the University School of Milwaukee had in their fourth-grade curriculum that students reenacted the underground railroad.
And students dressed up as slaves and ran through the school in the dark, and the teachers were actually the slave masters who captured these students.
USM referred to the Robinsons’ sons as “model students” and “portraits of a graduate” prior to the lawsuit.
They are currently doing very well at another school.
Watch the GMA report below:
The University School of Milwaukee has some trouble on its hands.