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Video behind latest FUSD lawsuit
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 7 years ago on
January 18, 2017

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The Fresno Bee reported a lawsuit filed against the Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) from a teacher. At issue is comments made about her by a third party during a 2014 school board meeting.

In summary: Mai Summer Vue, a teacher with FUSD, was also active with the Fresno Teachers Association union. She would be attending the May 28, 2014 Fresno Unified school board meeting for a teacher’s rally.

Also attending that meeting was a gentleman by the name of Nao Pao Xiong (as he is identified in the FUSD minutes of May 28, 2014) or Pao Xiong, as he is identified int he lawsuit. According to Vue’s complaint, Xiong had been verbally harassing her on an internet radio show the prior month in the Hmong language. Xiong allegedly disparaged Vue’s mother, claimed she was not really Hmong and other nasty remarks. He also said he would be speaking at the May 28 meeting.

Vue claimed she informed FUSD staff about Xiong’s intention to speak.

And, Xiong did. During the unscheduled communications portion of the meeting, Xiong through an interpreter, said he was speaking for Hmong parents. He claimed that Vue made porn videos and should be fired. “A dirty teacher like Mai Summer Vue deserves no opportunity to teach our student. She is a disgrace to the district,” Xiong said in open comment through an interpreter. The interpreter then translated the comments in Hmong. There was no further comments from the board.

Vue has denied such claims. Represented by attorney Pahoua C. Lor, Vue filed suit against the district superintendent Michael Hanson (spelled “Hansen” in at least one copy of the suit) and school official Cindy Quintana. She is alleging sexual harassment by the district, among other allegations, because they knew the content of Xiong’s comments ahead of time and did not prevent him from speaking.

The Bee reports that the trial which was scheduled for today, has been pushed back to March 20.

Online court records indicate that a separate defamation lawsuit filed by Vue against Xiong is set for trial on May 22, 2017. Anthony Capozzi is Xiong’s attorney. Capozzi told GV Wire he did not know the relationship between Vue and Xiong.

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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