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January 14, 2013

Only in America, Ohio Teacher Maria C. Waltherr-Willard Sues School District Over Child-Phobia ‘Disability’

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No wonder our children are being short-changed in the class room these days, we actually allow individuals who have phobias to children to teach them.

File this one under, you have got to be kidding me. 61 year old Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, a teacher of 35 years in the Cincinnati, Ohio school district, has filed a law suit based on her disability. What is her disability you ask, pedophobia. That is correct, this teacher of our children has the fear of, hold it, hold it …  being around children. HAS THIS FRIGGIN COUNTRY GONE MAD!!!   What’s next, those with fears of heights suing for losing their jobs as skyscraper window washers?    In her lawsuit complaint, Waltherr-Willard says she has suffered from an extreme fear or anxiety around young children since the 1990′s. So since the 1990′s a woman has been teaching children who has an abnormal fear and dislike of children? Now we have to define at what age some one is considered a child and what is the age that her disability kicks in. Maybe it’s the parents who should be suing the school district, the teacher and the teacher’s union for allowing such an individual to teach their children.

A 61-year-old high school teacher has filed a disability discrimination lawsuit against a suburban Cincinnati school district. Her disability? She has a phobia of young children, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, a French and Spanish teacher who was employed by the Mariemont school district for 35 years, alleges that the discrimination occurred primarily in 2010, when the district reassigned her from high school to junior high. The suit also claims the district wanted her to resign because of her age.

The alleged disability is pedophobia, an irrational fear or dislike of children. While unusual, it has been officially recognized as anxiety disorder by psychiatrists.

The following was submitted by the defendant’s attorney. You mean this was supposed to help her case? I can sympathize with those who have actual disabilities and no one is saying that this woman does not have one. However, the greater good of the children needs to be considered and if the woman’s conditions restricts her from doing the job, then she should never have had the position in the first place. How is this woman’s rights more important than the children’s rights that she teachers? We have a woman who might freak out when around the very people she teaches potentially? I guess we will all be shocked when she goes postal one day and say how could this have happened, who saw this coming?

Bradford Weber, the attorney for Waltherr-Willard, has submitted numerous documents in the case. Among the documents are explanations by psychiatrists, psychologists and the plaintiff’s medical doctor concerning the phobia. Alleged symptoms the presence of young children cause in Waltherr-Willard include chest pains, vomiting, stress, anxiety, high blood pressure and nightmares.

Actually, this story reeks of  another individual looking to get on disability rather than working, something that has happened all to often under Obama.

UPDATE I: A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed three of the six claims in her lawsuit.

A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed three of the six claims in her lawsuit, claims which alleged Mariemont violated an implied contract to keep her from young students.

District Judge Herman J. Weber said the district lived up to its written contract – with the teachers union – and that Waltherr-Willard would still be employed had she not resigned.

He did not rule on the other main allegations of the suit, giving the district’s attorneys more time to respond to them. If the case goes to trial, it’s scheduled for February 2014, according to court documents.

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