The longtime Furr High School principal accused of threatening students with a bat has now filed a complaint with the Department of Justice against the Houston Independent School District.

Dr. Bertie Simmons is claiming retaliation and age discrimination.

The district says the threat involved the 83-year-old's stance on dress code, but Dr. Simmons is fighting to be reinstated.

Related: Furr HS principal denies threatening kids with bat

"I tease my students all the time," Dr. Simmons said. "I will say something like don't make me take my earrings off and bring you down. That baseball bat is a bat that one of my assistant principals has inscribed all my sayings on. I could hardly even pick it up. I would not threaten a student with it. I do tease them. And I do say things like that. But everybody in the school knows that I'm playing with the students."

Simmons has been temporarily reassigned while HISD investigates.