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Friday, December 30, 2005

Safe Kids program director claims she was forced out because she is white

(Posted December 30, 2005)
"Former Safe Kids director sues Prince George's; Woman: Race prompted mistreatment"
Examiner, December 30, 2005 (by Karl B. Hille, Examiner Staff Writer)
The nationally recognized former director of Prince George's County's Safe Kids program claims she was forced out because she is too white to represent the county, according to a discrimination lawsuit recently filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt.

The former director, Shelley Fry, and her assistant, Cynthia Cowan, allege that fire department public affairs director Rhonda Jackson harassed and abused Fry, who is white, and then turned on Cowan, an African-American, when she stuck up for her co-worker.

"The county does not want a white person representing them in such a public way," Jackson told Cowan, according to the 12-page suit filed against Jackson and the county government on Dec. 7.
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Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson and county attorney David Whitacre declined to comment. Jackson was advised of the lawsuit, but did not respond to requests for an interview.
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