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Teacher sues school because she's afraid of children. does she have a case?

Foxhound BN0 2013/01/16 00:33:49
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A teacher from Mariemont, Ohio, is suing her school district, claiming discrimination. What makes the case unique is that the teacher, Maria Waltherr-Willard, suffers from pedophobia, a crippling fear of young children.

Waltherr-Willard began her career as a high school teacher, a position she held for decades. She was reassigned to teach in a junior high in 2010, despite, she claims, being assured earlier in her career that she would not have to teach younger children.

Pedophobia can lead to shortness of breath, vomiting and feelings of terror when around young children. Waltherr-Willard claims that she was discriminated against based on her age (she's 61) and her disability.

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  • Jack's Pearl 2013/01/16 00:51:58
    no
    Jack's Pearl
    +5
    Her claims of a deal of not having to teach young children are unfounded. However she did sign employment agreements that all teachers sign, which have no such stipulations in them. That the court can see.

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  • Bouts2getitpoppinz 2013/01/18 01:32:14
    maybe
    Bouts2getitpoppinz
    If it can be proven her employers promised she would not have to educate children of a particular age I agree with her. However its a little ridiculous to teach at a school in which young children attend because you are obviously going to see them. If she truly feared children she should have simply been a college professor or a high school teacher.

    For a 61 year old sounds like she still has some growing up and maturing to do.,Thats like me saying im a garbage man but I have a fear of dirty diapers If i ever see one I should not have to take it out. Chances are u might just see a dirty diaper in your profession.

    lol reminds me a girl I knew when I worked at a restaurant who said she refused to wash dishes lol wtf do you know where your working people need to grow up.
  • Tarheel 2013/01/17 17:04:47
    no
    Tarheel
    I teach middle school because that' the age group that I was most interested in teaching. So my teaching certification allows me to teach 7th and 8th grade. So, I don't know how she could be forced to teach young children, but if you had a phobia of young children (which seems odd), I don't know why you'd go into teaching anyway. There are so many occasions at any school, where siblings of students will come to the school (open houses, PTA events, athletic events, etc).

    As afar as being 61, there are many teachers that are in that age range. I started my career as a teacher in my late 40's. That may not have been so easy in other fields. Sounds like a whiner to me.
  • AG 2013/01/16 15:41:44
    no
    AG
    She suffers from pedophobia but became a teacher. You just can't fix stupid, can ya?
    can t fix stupid
  • Fun-sized AG 2013/03/24 02:56:51
    Fun-sized
    But that's exactly why she chose to teach adolescents and not children (pre-pubescents).
  • JGF 2013/01/16 15:24:58
    no
    JGF
    +1
    If she has that condition to the extent that it is debilitating, she shouldn't have become a teacher.
  • Lady Whitewolf 2013/01/16 13:27:37
    no
    Lady Whitewolf
    +1
    Then WHY is she a teacher????
  • Mark 2013/01/16 12:25:09
    no
    Mark
    Is this for real? This has to be a wind up.
  • moonglum 2013/01/16 08:18:18
    no
    moonglum
    no i dont think so
  • darkwhisperer 2013/01/16 06:38:11 (edited)
    no
    darkwhisperer
    +1
    NO! you can't just discriminate a school full of innocent children! are we being serious?!
  • Gregaj7 2013/01/16 05:42:50
    no
    Gregaj7
    Time for her to go be a greeter at Walmart.
  • DoxieDad 2013/01/16 03:56:14
    maybe
    DoxieDad
    Sounds like a disgruntled employee looking for a pay out.
  • Kidasha 2013/01/16 03:33:26
  • Walt 2013/01/16 02:41:22
    no
    Walt
    A person suing an employer because they chose a career field they are not suited to is frivolous.
  • Danielle 2013/01/16 02:31:53
  • No One 2013/01/16 02:10:24
    no
    No One
    +4
    If she's a afraid of children she shouldn't be a teacher but should find another job.
  • OBEY 2013/01/16 01:32:06
    no
    OBEY
    +2
    That's stupid.
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2013/01/16 01:21:25
    no
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    +2
    "She a stupid hoe." ._.
  • Robin 2013/01/16 01:18:22
    no
    Robin
    +3
    I have a phobia of chickens.... I would NEVER no matter what go to work at a chicken farm. If I were afraid of dead bodies, etc... I would never gone into nursing/forensics. She is about the stupidest thing around
  • Foxhoun... Robin 2013/01/16 02:25:03
    Foxhound BN0
    +1
    In this case it would be like you were hired to tend to the pigs but later they moved you to the chicken house. No offense to the high schoolers lol
  • Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/16 01:09:12
    yes
    Dogzebra~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    With the goofy laws that have made it to the books today, yes. If I were to make a determination, No Way.
  • Boris Badinov 2013/01/16 01:00:51
    maybe
    Boris Badinov
    +1
    She'll need some documentation..
  • rereblue 2013/01/16 00:59:13
    no
    rereblue
    +1
    At least I don't think so. She should have aimed for teaching at a college rather than in a school district that sometimes have to rearrange teachers so that there are enough teachers in all the schools.
  • Foxhoun... rereblue 2013/01/16 02:26:45
    Foxhound BN0
    Good point. Could you imagine being afraid of kids? They can smell fear lol!
  • rereblue Foxhoun... 2013/01/16 23:31:57
    rereblue
    I know right? That would suck so bad. -_- I think she needs to do some exposure therapy and learn to live with it.
  • Kat ♪ ~ ♪ 2013/01/16 00:57:46
    no
    Kat ♪ ~ ♪
    +4
    Why would you be a teacher with that? Throw it out.
  • MichaelDillon 2013/01/16 00:55:54
  • FindingHeartInThisCrazy World 2013/01/16 00:55:46
    maybe
    FindingHeartInThisCrazy World
    +2
    i don't know her so i do not know the answer
  • Jack's Pearl 2013/01/16 00:51:58
    no
    Jack's Pearl
    +5
    Her claims of a deal of not having to teach young children are unfounded. However she did sign employment agreements that all teachers sign, which have no such stipulations in them. That the court can see.

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