Allentown School District teacher Jason Moorehead, accused of being at January 6th riot, speaks out

ALLENTOWN, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The Allentown School District is facing litigation after allegations a teacher took part in the Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

The teacher has sued for defamation and the civil suit puts a spotlight on the hot topic of politics and the workplace.

Jason Moorehead does not deny that he is an unabashed Trump supporter.

“I have some conservative values,” he said.

Moorehead also doesn’t deny that he attended Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on Jan. 6, 2021.

“And there are so many issues that are important to me on both sides,” he added.

Moorehead said the day after the Jan. 6 riots, the Allentown School District suspended him and issued a press release that said, in part, that an employee was “involved in the Electoral College protests that took place at the United States Capitol Building.”

The only problem? Moorehead said he was never inside the Capitol when the violence erupted and only attended Trump’s speech about a mile away.

“Never closer than a mile from this place. point,” he said.

Francis Malofiy is representing Moorehead in his defamation lawsuit against the district, alleging that Moorehead was fired because of his support for the former president.

“Because he’s a white, Christian, conservative man, they murdered him politically and destroyed his career,” he said.

The Allentown School District called the allegations false.

Malofiy said that after a seven-month investigation in cooperation with the FBI, the district sent his client a letter stating that his presence at the rally was not against school policy.

Moorehead said he was offered his job back on the condition that he complete racial sensitivity training.

“It made me stand out that my mere presence at a political rally was somehow linked to racism,” he said.

Malofiy said he was only offered his position with that caveat.

“You can get your job back. As long as you admit you are a racist and take classes to correct yourself. No,” he said.

Paul Lancaster Adams, an employment lawyer, said some states have laws that protect or restrict off-duty conduct. Pennsylvania doesn’t.

“Now if you’re a government employer, the law says you have a first amendment right to free speech, very different than in the private sector,” he said.

Moorehead admitted to re-posting what could be seen as controversial memes and commenting on one of the Capitol rioters, which read, “Don’t worry everyone, the Capitol is insured.”

He also wrote a comment that read “wrong on so many levels but hilarious” on another controversial meme.

He explained his position on these posts to Action News:

“There had been riots and protests, with excuses that the damage done was acceptable because buildings and private businesses were insured. And I, I wanted the media to see different protests differently,” he said.

Moorehead has called the violence at the Capitol Building disgusting and is adamant about the fact that he was on a bus going home when the Capitol Building was stormed.

He was a social studies teacher at Raub Middle School for 18 years.

Moorehead said he has an impeccable record and cares deeply about his students, most of whom are minorities.

But he said he didn’t feel safe going back after the district failed to clarify the record that he was not part of the violence and not a racist.

“I love working in this school. I love the kids and the great relationships with the kids there,” he said. “And so I was never accused of anything. Except I went to a Trump rally.”

An attorney representing the Allentown School District said he has not seen the lawsuit and therefore cannot comment on it.

He said in a statement:

“Following numerous complaints, the school district conducted an investigation into the extent of Mr. Moorehead’s involvement in the January 6 events. When the investigation was completed, Mr. Moorehead was invited to return to class. He didn’t come back.”

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