A former Peoples Academy teacher who is suing his ex-employer for wrongful termination had his first day in court on Monday.
David Bain, who argues that superintendent Tracy Wrend pushed him out of the district on trumped-up disciplinary charges, took the stand for several hours, at one point breaking down in tears as he described being interrogated about his relationship with a female student.
In a federal lawsuit, Bain alleges that Wrend targeted him after he began to campaign for union president — a campaign that was spurred by his vocal concerns over her leadership.
His lawyer, Chandler Matson of the Barr Law Group in Stowe, told the jury on Monday that the case would be about “circumstantial evidence.” When it rains overnight, the Stowe-based attorney said, one usually can’t hear or see the storm. But upon waking up and taking stock of the puddles and muddy ground, one can pretty accurately guess what happened.