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Ohio ex-teacher sues, says she fears young kids

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Ohio ex-teacher sues, says she fears young kids

By AMANDA LEE MYERS Tuesday, January 15, 2013 2:20 PM EST

This 2011 photo shows Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, who taught Spanish and French at...

CINCINNATI (AP) - 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.

Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, had been teaching Spanish and French at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati since 1976.

Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her own, said that when she was transferred to the district's middle school in 2009, the seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, causing her blood pressure to soar and forcing her to retire in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year.

In her lawsuit against the district, filed in federal court in Cincinnati, Waltherr-Willard said that her fear of young children falls under the federal American with Disabilities Act and that the district violated it by transferring her in the first place and then refusing to allow her to return to the high school.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.

Gary Winters, the school district's attorney, said Tuesday that Waltherr-Willard was transferred because the French program at the high school was being turned into an online one and that the middle school needed a Spanish teacher.

"She wants money," Winters said of Walter-Willard's motivation to sue. "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."

Waltherr-Willard and her attorney, Brad Weber, did not return calls for comment Tuesday.

Winters also denied Walter-Willard's claim that the district transferred her out of retaliation for her unauthorized comments to parents about the French program ending - "the beginning of a deliberate, systematic and calculated effort to squeeze her out of a job altogether," Weber wrote in a July 2011 letter to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

The lawsuit said that Waltherr-Willard has been treated for her phobia since 1991 and also suffers from general anxiety disorder, high blood pressure and a gastrointestinal illness. She was managing her conditions well until the transfer, according to the lawsuit.

by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM
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katy_kay08
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:40 PM

maybe she didn't plan well and that's why she is banking on the lawsuit.  

Quoting wenchmommy381:

At 61? I knew teachers who retired at 50...

Quoting LindaClement:

All part of her early-retirement plan... :D

Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting wenchmommy381:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting wenchmommy381:


Quoting katy_kay08:

Are 12-15 year olds considered "young children"?  

It doesn't report officially the ages of the middle school students. In my district, middle school students are 10-13. Pre-pubescent, to be sure.

it says 7th & 8th graders in the article.  I've yet to meet a 10 y/o 7th grader.

Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her own, said that when she was transferred to the district's middle school in 2009, the seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, causing her blood pressure to soar and forcing her to retire in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year. 

It might be a matter of appearance and not age, strictly speaking. 

it also might be a matter of her trying to scam money from the district because she couldn't have the job she wanted and didn't want the one they gave her.  




Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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I can't take her seriously

wenchmommy381
by Wenchy on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM

The maybe game might be fun on an online forum, but not in the court system. She has to now prove herself. If she wanted to scam the school district, I'm sure she could have found something easier.

Quoting katy_kay08:

maybe she didn't plan well and that's why she is banking on the lawsuit.  

Quoting wenchmommy381:

At 61? I knew teachers who retired at 50...

Quoting LindaClement:

All part of her early-retirement plan... :D

Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting wenchmommy381:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting wenchmommy381:


Quoting katy_kay08:

Are 12-15 year olds considered "young children"?  

It doesn't report officially the ages of the middle school students. In my district, middle school students are 10-13. Pre-pubescent, to be sure.

it says 7th & 8th graders in the article.  I've yet to meet a 10 y/o 7th grader.

Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her own, said that when she was transferred to the district's middle school in 2009, the seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, causing her blood pressure to soar and forcing her to retire in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year. 

It might be a matter of appearance and not age, strictly speaking. 

it also might be a matter of her trying to scam money from the district because she couldn't have the job she wanted and didn't want the one they gave her.  





Wenchmommy381, International Wenches Guild

"I know that something very strange Is happening to my brain.
I'm either feeling very good Or else I am insane.
The seeds of doubt you planted Have started to grow wild
And I feel that I must yield before The wisdom of a child.
And it's love you bring,
No, that I can't deny
With your wings,
I can learn to fly,
Sweet young thing."
--M Nesmith
katy_kay08
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

*looks around* last I checked this is posted in an online forum.  As for proving herself in the court.  Often attorneys that take on these types of cases do so because they know that it's generally cheaper for the respondent to just pay a settlement than it is to drag something through the courts.  

I do hope it goes to court and if she can prove that she has a mental illness that leaves her unable to be around jr. high school students she gets paid enough to live on because she is essentially making herself unhirable again as a teacher.  

Quoting wenchmommy381:

The maybe game might be fun on an online forum, but not in the court system. She has to now prove herself. If she wanted to scam the school district, I'm sure she could have found something easier.

Quoting katy_kay08:

maybe she didn't plan well and that's why she is banking on the lawsuit.  

Quoting wenchmommy381:

At 61? I knew teachers who retired at 50...

Quoting LindaClement:

All part of her early-retirement plan... :D

Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting wenchmommy381:


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting wenchmommy381:


Quoting katy_kay08:

Are 12-15 year olds considered "young children"?  

It doesn't report officially the ages of the middle school students. In my district, middle school students are 10-13. Pre-pubescent, to be sure.

it says 7th & 8th graders in the article.  I've yet to meet a 10 y/o 7th grader.

Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her own, said that when she was transferred to the district's middle school in 2009, the seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, causing her blood pressure to soar and forcing her to retire in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year. 

It might be a matter of appearance and not age, strictly speaking. 

it also might be a matter of her trying to scam money from the district because she couldn't have the job she wanted and didn't want the one they gave her.  






katy_kay08
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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is it the magenta turtle neck?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I can't take her seriously


Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM
1 mom liked this


Quoting katy_kay08:

is it the magenta turtle neck?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I can't take her seriously


How did you know?

jaw drop

AngeLnChainZ
by Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:03 PM
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or the fact she looks like an oopah loompah?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting katy_kay08:

is it the magenta turtle neck?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I can't take her seriously


How did you know?

jaw drop


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katy_kay08
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM
1 mom liked this


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting katy_kay08:

is it the magenta turtle neck?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I can't take her seriously


How did you know?

jaw drop

Well she looks a little like a Ninja turtle.  

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM


Quoting katy_kay08:


Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting katy_kay08:

is it the magenta turtle neck?

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

I can't take her seriously


How did you know?

jaw drop

Well she looks a little like a Ninja turtle.  

LOL@Ninja more like magenta turtle


Ms.KitKat
by Platinum Member on Jan. 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM
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 Give me a break for the love of Pete!!!!!! I heard this on the radio the other day. I call FOUL!

Just another entitlement stomping American. If she does not want the transfer then QUIT! There- that was easy!

A school tecaher has a Phobia to children! The next thing you know, the kids will say they have a phobia to teachers! ROTFL

Truly- what has become of this society!?

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