Veteran Educator Sues Bill Husfelt, Bay County School Board Claiming Discrimination

An 18-year veteran African American educator is going to federal court, claiming racial and age discrimination.

Antonius "Gen" Barnes is suing Bay County School Superintendent Bill Husfelt and the school board.

Barnes says Husfelt appointed him as a Vice Principal at Haney Vocational Technical Center, giving him one year to earn his local Director of Vocational Education Certification.

When Barnes didn't meet the deadline, he says Husfelt demoted him and reduced his pay.

Barnes says the one year window was overly restrictive and discriminatory and points out the state allows three years for such certification.

He also claims other younger, white educators were given more time, some as many as five years, to earn their certification.

And he claims the white male who held the Haney Assistant Principals job for five years, never obtained the necessary certification.

Barnes is seeking an unspecified amount of damages exceeding the federal court minimum of 75,000 dollars.