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Fired TPS administrator seeks public support

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Sandra Meeks-Speller was fired by Toledo Public Schools after being accused of using racial slurs and using force to discipline students. Now she's asking for the community to support her while she tries to get her job back.

Meeks-Speller addressed the community over the weekend at First Church of God. The former TPS principal wanted to share her side of the story.

Administrators accused Meeks-Speller of using inappropriate physical disciple with students, making threats, and even using racial slurs. They're allegations she's denied from the very beginning.

"I would be the last person on this earth to hurt a child or curse at a child," she says. "I am always very firm and consistent period."

Meeks-Speller claims the district breached her contract and defamed her character.

"There were so many allegations: I kicked, I hit and punched a child. No I didn't," she says. "I did take a pistol away from a child, a 9mm that the security couldn't get."

Meeks-Speller has hired an attorney and is suing the district for $3 million. She also wants her job back and some people in the community believe she deserves it.

Dozens of people attended Sunday night's rally, including former mayor Jack Ford and TPS school board member Larry Sykes.

In a statement Monday, Sykes said the board should revisit the case.

Meanwhile, school board president Brenda Hill says she stands by the board's decision to fire Meeks-Speller.

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