New York: Suspended Over Naughty Words in HIV Class, Teacher Wins U.S. Ruling
May 25, 2010
On Thursday, a U.S. District Court refused to dismiss a middle school teacher's suit against New York City regarding a sex education class she taught.
In March, Kramer sued the city for $1 million in damages for mental anguish, attorney's fees and loss of extracurricular work.
In overruling the city's request to dismiss the suit, Judge Jack B. Weinstein wrote that Kramer seemed to be following state syllabus guidelines in her classroom instruction. The guidelines say students should be encouraged to use sexual terms that they understand, and to relate those words to the more formal terms: "If students use different terms, make sure they understand the relationship between both sets of terms."
Weinstein wrote that the city violated Kramer's 14th Amendment right to due process by not providing her a reasonable opportunity to know that her lesson plan was inappropriate before she was removed from the classroom. The city investigation also improperly applied the verbal abuse regulations to Kramer's situation, he wrote.
New York Times
05.21.2010; Sharon Otterman
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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