An Ohio high school teacher who claims to have a phobia of young children is suing a school district for discrimination.
Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, of Greenhills, is suing the Mariemont school district, where she worked for 35 years, saying it discriminated against her when it reassigned her in 2010 from its high school to its junior high and then pressured her to resign, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
According to the paper, the suit is a discrimination claim based on her age and disability — a rare phobia called pedophobia, an extreme fear or anxiety around young children. Waltherr-Willard’s suit claims she has suffered from the condition since the 1990s.
Waltherr-Willard, who teaches Spanish and French, experiences stress, anxiety, chest pains, vomiting, nightmares and higher than healthy blood pressure when she’s around young children, according to documents filed by medical professionals, the Enquirer reported.
Last week, a federal judge dismissed three of the six claims in her lawsuit, claims which alleged the school district violated an implied contract to keep her from young students.
In court documents, Mariemont officials say they did not expect Waltherr-Willard to resign when she did. They said she was replaced at the high school by teachers who also were in their 50s.
Saugus School Committee to keep Santa Claus in classrooms
SAUGUS (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Saugus officials made a decision on Thursday that will keep a time-honored tradition in local elementary schools.
The heated debate began in December, when School Superintendant Richard Langlois told firefighters they were not allowed to dress as Santa Claus and deliver coloring books to children in the elementary schools.
Two months later, the debate finally made its way to the School Committee for a decision. One resident wore a Santa suit to Thursday’s meeting as he pleaded with School Committee members to allow the tradition to continue in 2012.
Committee members decided to allow Santa to continue his visits to pre-K and kindergarten classes, but with some added guidelines, that will allow those who do not feel comfortable to opt out of the event.
Firefighters have been handing out gifts to the children of Saugus since 1960.
Superintendent Langlois tried to ban the celebration because of the separation of Church and State.
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Carver School Committee next meeting January 9th 2012-To decide if teacher will be allowed time off for injured Soldier son.
Why Do They Need a Meeting To decide this!!!!!!!!
CARVER (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – A Caver High School math teacher is calling on the School Committee to overturn a decision regarding her leave so that she can be there for her son who was injured while serving overseas in Afghanistan.
Sonya Lomax has already taken the nine paid days of leave allotted to her under her contract. Superintendent Liz Sorrell claims her hands are tied and she has to honor the contract agreed upon by the school system and the teacher’s union.
Lomax is now hoping Carver’s School Committee will help her out.
The math teacher shared the story of her son’s traumatic accident before the School Committee on Monday night. Her son, Todd, was injured after being hit by shrapnel in a grenade explosion.
Todd is currently being treated at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland for lacerations, fractures, and head trauma.
Lomax has requested an additional three days of leave citing, “extenuating circumstances.”
Superintendent Sorrell says she can recall giving additional days to a faculty member whose home burned down, however the School Committee has requested time to make a decision regarding Lomax’s circumstances. The School Committee will make a decision on the matter by January as they take the time to review the teacher’s contract.