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Federal court denies St. Paul teacher's reinstatement

ST. PAUL — A U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled Monday against a former St. Paul teacher who was seeking reinstatement after resigning over racial discrimination complaints.

Timothy Olmsted resigned his teaching position at St. Paul's Heights Community School after students accused him of racial insults and physical abuse against African American students during the 2011-2012 school year. His resignation came as the district was investigating the complaints.

Later, Olmsted attempted to rescind that resignation and sued the district when it did not reinstate him. Olmsted claimed the district forced his resignation with threats and a misrepresentation of the facts against him.

In upholding the district court's decision, the three-judge appeals court panel found no evidence for Olmsted's claims.

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