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Christian substitute teacher says she was fired from public school for raising concerns about LBGTQ book shown to elementary students — now she's suing

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A Christian substitute teacher is suing after she said a Georgia public school fired her for raising concerns about an LGBTQ book shown to elementary school students, WJCL-TV reported.

What are the details?

Lindsey Barr, who worked for McAllister Elementary School in Richmond Hill, took issue with a library read-aloud program featuring "All Are Welcome," a book that depicts same-sex couples parenting and expecting children, the station said.

Barr's three children also attend the school and were shown the book, WJCL said.

Barr and her attorney Tyson Langhofer appeared on "Fox & Friends First" Tuesday to discuss the lawsuit, which said the book violated her religious convictions. Barr said during the interview that after raising objections with the school's principal about the book, "within hours I was unable to access my teacher account and pick up substitute jobs."

Fox News said Langhofer sent a letter to the school in response that reads: "The firing is intended to send a message to Mrs. Barr and others in the community that if they criticize the school's approach to sensitive political topics or express viewpoints contrary to the school's preferred viewpoints, they will face the consequences."

Langhofer, who is with Alliance Defending Freedom, told WJCL that it's a First Amendment issue — and the state has even added extra layers of protection.

"The Georgia legislature just enacted the Georgia Parental Bill of Rights this past session, and this bill specifically gives Lindsey the right that she exercised," he told the station. "It gives every parent the right to review curriculum and to object to a curriculum that they do not want their children exposed to. All Lindsey was doing is exercising her right that the Georgia legislature just gave her."

Barr told Fox News that although the school hasn't behaved unfairly toward her children as a way of retaliating against her, she believes that's coming.

"My children will be passed up for opportunities," she told the cable network. "This is a county where you have to apply for your children to do most anything, even a field trip, and I think that this is a good way that they will quietly retaliate against our family for making noise."

What did the school district have to say?

WJCL said it reached out to Bryan County Schools for comment and did not hear back.

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