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Wake Schools, Controversial Teacher Reach Settlement

Posted April 7, 2008 6:49 p.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2008 9:32 p.m. EDT

— A former Enloe High School teacher has tentatively reached an out-of-court settlement with the Wake County school system over his treatment after an anti-Muslim teacher spoke to his class a year ago.

Details of the settlement between Robert Escamilla and the school district weren't disclosed, but Escamilla's attorney, Billy Strickland, said it could be finalized by July.

Escamilla had sought to be reinstated to his teaching position at Enloe High and to regain some of his lost pay.

Escamilla was suspended with pay in February 2007 after he invited Kamil Solomon, head of Kamil International Ministries, to his class. Solomon handed out pamphlets entitled, "Why Women Should Not Marry Muslims."

The school board said Escamilla knew Solomon would denigrate Islam and was not acceptable. Escamilla was later reassigned to Mary E. Phillips High School, an alternative school, and that assignment paid less than his position at Enloe had.

Last fall, school board members released part of Escamilla's personnel record because members said they felt they needed to protect themselves from allegations made during Escamilla's appeal of his transfer. The records praised and criticized his teaching ability.

Escamilla, who taught at Enloe for 18 years, also fought to get a 12-page reprimand removed from his employment file, but the school board denied the request.