Teacher Sues For Discrimination; Claims School District Ignored Her 'Fear Of Children' And Put Her In A Classroom

From FoxDC:

A former high school teacher is accusing school district administrators of discriminating against her because of a rare phobia she says she has: a fear of young children.

Waltherr-Willard claims being around children increases her blood pressure. Like any parent couldn't have told her that...

The psychologist interviewed for the article, Patrick McGrath, confirms that Pedophobia - a fear of children - is more common than one might expect. that may be true. But then you don't choose a career working with children.

Posted by: DMartyr at 12:00 PM


1 Only here would something this wacky get credence. Of course some Lawyer will find a jury that agrees with his client instead of just telling her to go find a different job.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 16, 2013 12:18 PM

2 I would love to be the judge dealing with this case. Here's what I'd tell her and her sleazy lawyer:

"You knew before you took the job that schools have children in them. Yet you took the job anyway. I am throwing out this case with prejudice. Also I cite you and your lawyer for contempt of court and sentence you both to the maximum fine and jail time allowed by law. Case dismissed. Bailiff, haul these parasites away."

Posted by: Mohammed pork be upon him at January 16, 2013 03:04 PM

3 And get rid of that silly hyphenated last name, you poofter. Next case, bailiff.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 16, 2013 04:16 PM

4 If you ever worked in a middle-school, you would be afraid too. At least most high school students know about consequences, but there are new to none at the K-8 level, and I do mean none.

Posted by: aspacia at January 16, 2013 07:00 PM

5 Funny story initially but if you dig then you would realize she actually has a case. She was hired as a HS(high school) teacher initially w/ full knowledge of her condition. The HS as with any employer is bound by the ADA so when the time came that her program was eliminated(french)rather than reassign her to another HS dept. she was qualified for(spanish) they transferred her to a middle school knowing full well her phobia. Not only did they do that but later the promoted people with less seniority and a new hire into positions at the HS she taught to the spanish department. Its a clear case of discrimination, all be it on a weird ass phobia but she will win this. Saying she shouldn't be a teacher just because she fears children is like saying you shouldn't become a Vet that works with mammals because you are afraid of snakes. She fears small children but loves teaching, naturally she will teach highschool.

Posted by: yukyuk at January 17, 2013 11:06 AM

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