MERIDEN — The Board of Education has denied allegations in a lawsuit by former Maloney High School teacher Kevin Staton, who claims he was pressured to serve at an NAACP event because he was black.

Staton, who was employed by the Meriden school district for nearly 20 years before resigning in the summer of 2016, claims to have been the only black teacher at both city high schools from 2008 until his resignation. He now works as a library media special for New Haven Public Schools.

Staton’s lawsuit alleges he was pressured by Maloney High School Principal Jennifer Straub and the head of the social studies department to represent the school at a meeting with the Meriden-Wallingford NAACP branch to discuss African-American history in the context of U.S. history, and Afro-Caribbean history in the context of world history. Staton expressed to Straub and his department head that he was not the appropriate representative because he did not have any experience teaching either subject, nor was he a senior member of the social studies department.

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