Teacher Retires (and Sues) Over Fear of Children

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Teacher Retires (and Sues) Over Fear of Children
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Thu, 01-17-2013 - 10:59am

I thought this was an interesting story.  An Onio teacher is suing her school district for discrimination.  She claims she has an illness that causes her to be afraid of young children.

The teacher claims the school transferred her to a middle school from a high school.  She says that her illness causes vomiting, chest pains, nightmares, and high blood pressure.

Although, to read the article more, it sounds like there's more to it.  Like, sending an unauthorized notice to parents about proposed cuts which could have been the reason she was transferred to a different school.

I don't know a lot about this disease she claims to have (pedophobia), but if it's a fear of "very young children," then maybe she chose the wrong profession.  Are middle school students really considered to be "very young children?"  

http://news.yahoo.com/ohio-ex-teacher-sues-says-she-fears-young-175446818.html

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Wed, 01-23-2013 - 7:27pm

There are probably different versions of the report circulating depending on the paper or website. I didn't read the one on the posted  link but the agreement wasn't in the one I saw. Of course we all know that agreements on issues like this are usually informal and admins will conveniently forget or manipulate the situation when they see the need. It's also sad that many states are going after teacher rights and making it harder for teachers to have a voice and speak out on basic working conditions and in difficult situations.

Sherry
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Tue, 01-22-2013 - 6:46pm
I thought differently than everyone else when I read it. It's been at least a week, but when I read the article, I think I remember reading something about an agreement that she would not be transferred to lower grades, and they were aware of her phobia. It was only after she tried to get parental support for keeping her position that they moved her. I see it as a school district retaliating for her speaking up. We have to be able to speak up in this profession or things will all be run by people who don't know our jobs and don't have a clue about children.
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Registered: 01-21-2011
Mon, 01-21-2013 - 10:14pm

Not buying it. I've taught 6th - 12th grades. 6th graders seem like babies compared to 12th graders, but the jokes are the same, the smells are the same and the crowded hallways are the same. She's just looking for a handout. Good riddance - the students weren't benefiting much from her anyhow I'd wager. 

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Registered: 12-04-2000
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 5:09pm

I read this yesterday and my first thought was that it was a joke. Honestly, you're afraid of kids and you decide to be a teacher?  I'd never heard of this phobia and if the definition is fear of very young children, then no, middle school doesn't fit this definition. Preschool through maybe primary, but middle school kids try to be 25, not 5. She has other issues if you ask me. Even if she has a diagnosis from a real professional I don't think MS kids are considered within the very young category. She just wants out and wants a big pay day to finance her retirement. 

Sherry
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Thu, 01-17-2013 - 4:20pm
That's pretty ridiculous. I wouldn't say middle school is very young, although they are young if you are used to working with HS students. I don't know what kind of lawyer would have taken this case. It seems like a waste of the court's time.