Teacher Sues School For Not Accommodating Her Fear Of Kids
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An Ohio teacher is suing her former school district because they did not accommodate her fear of children.


Image: Fox and Friends    BY JASMINE BAILEY  One former Ohio teacher is suing her school district for not accommodating her disability— a fear of children. WXIX: “Maria Walter Willard…claims the school district moved her from the high school to the junior high despite knowing that she suffers from a phobia of younger-aged children.” That fear is called pedophobia and can lead to shortness of breath, vomiting, anxiety, chest pain, high blood pressure and feelings of terror while around children. Walter-Willard, who does not have kids of her own, claims because the school district had previous knowledge of her medically diagnosed condition, they discriminated against her when they made her transfer schools. The Denver Post reports her lawsuit claims her fear of children falls under the Americans With Disabilities Act. She claims the school district violated the act by transferring her to the junior high school and then refusing to allow her to return to the high school. However, the district claims that her the high school no longer needed a French teacher— but the junior high did. Under the Americans With Disabilities Act, the school would be required to make reasonable accommodations for her condition. She is seeking past and future pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages and attorneys' fees. However, the Huffington post reports : Three discrimination claims are awaiting district response but a federal judge has already dismissed three of her previous claims in the suit. And a lawyer on Fox News isn’t buying Walter-Willard’s case either, saying she probably won’t win this one. FOX News: “The idea that you would stand up in the court of law in front of a jury and say give me a bunch of money because I’m afraid of kids I want to be a teacher—it’s insane. It’s going to come down to, legally speaking, whether or not there was retaliation.” He went on to say that while the 61-year-old former teacher might be protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act , Walter-Willard was moved because the teaching position at the high school was no longer needed— and the act would not require the school create a position especially for her. A tentative trial date is set for February 2014.