Racial discrimination lawsuit against St. Louis Public School District ends with jury deadlocked

school building.jpgA St. Louis City jury could not reach a verdict in a racial discrimination case brought against the St. Louis Public School District. The case was brought by Craig Gronemeyer, a long time employee of the District. Mr. Gronemeyer was demoted from his position of assistant principal at Vashon High School after the 2006-2007 school year. He claimed he was demoted because he was white. He testified at the trial that his principal, who was black, told him that black students were better off being taught by black teachers. The District denied that race was a factor in Mr. Gronemeyer’s demotion. The jury was apparently deadlocked at 8-4 in Mr. Gronemeyer’s favor.