Mom Sues Military Officials Who Allegedly Retaliated Against Her Complaints of School ‘Polysexual’ Posters

By Published on March 21, 2023

A New Jersey mom is suing military officials who deemed her social media post voicing concern over an elementary school’s “polysexual” posters, a “security threat.”

In November, Angela Reading posted on Facebook complaining about “polysexual” posters that had been displayed in her daughter’s elementary school, which led to Lt. Col. Christopher Schilling, a chief commander at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, allegedly deeming her a “security concern,” alerting local police to “monitor the situation,” according to the lawsuit. The Thomas More Society filed the Wednesday lawsuit on behalf of Reading against Schilling, alleging that the police and military officials retaliated against Reading, pressuring her to remove the post.

“When [Reading] expressed her natural parental concern by means of a simple Facebook post about the sexual nature of content on display in an elementary school, Defendants commenced a far-reaching campaign of retaliation against her, enlisting the aid of local, state and federal government agencies,” the lawsuit alleged.

In November, Reading’s 7-year-old daughter asked what “polysexual” meant after attending an elementary school math night, the lawsuit alleged. Schilling allegedly called for an ethics complaint into Reading, who at the time was serving as a member of the Northern Burlington Board of Education, saying she was “stirring up right-wing extremists.”

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In an email to parents and school faculty, Schilling allegedly advised them to “keep the pressure” on Reading and asked them to collect “evidence” on her, the lawsuit stated. Using his personal email, Schilling allegedly told the parties that he was “working with the base leadership” who “support” the efforts against Reading.

“The steps taken by Defendants against Mrs. Reading lacked any legitimate purpose,” the lawsuit alleged. “In fact, Defendants continued their actions apace even after they learned of the growing danger to Mrs. Reading that caused her to fear for the physical safety of herself and her family due to the community outrage the Defendants had incited.”

The Thomas More Society and the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.


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