Former teacher sues school after becoming fearful of young kids (video)

By: Mahesh Sarin 

(Scroll down for video) A former teacher is suing a school district after they removed her from teaching a high school class and sent her to a middle school.

Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, of Cincinnati, Ohio, accused the school district administrators of discrimination against her.

She claims that she was forced to teach younger kids despite havingg a rare phobia. Waltherr-Willard claims that she suffers from a fear of young children.

Waltherr-Willard, has no children of her own. She had been teaching French and Spanish at the Mariemont High School Cincinnati, since 1976.

In 2009, she was transferred to the district’s middle school in the seventh and eighth grades.

In her lawsuit against the district filed in federal court in Cincinnati, Waltherr-Willard claims that the change triggered her phobia, causing her blood pressure to rise and forced her to retire during the year.

She also said that her fear of young children falls under the federal American with Disabilities Act guidelines and that the district violated it by transferring her in the first place.

Gary Winters, the school district's attorney, said that Waltherr-Willard, was transferred to the
middle school class because the French program at the high school was being taught through an online program.

Her services were no longer needed in that class. The middle school class needed a Spanish teacher.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

"She wants money," Winters said. "Let's keep in mind that our goal here is to provide the best teachers for students and the best academic experience for students, which certainly wasn't accomplished by her walking out on them in the middle of the year," Winters added.



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