More than a dozen teachers accused of a range of eyebrow-raising sexual misconduct are still teaching in New York schools, thanks to arbitrator rulings that prevented education officials from firing them, according to information released today in response to a New York Daily News Freedom of Information Act request. One teacher, for example, allegedly bent a student over a desk and thrust his pelvis into him, saying, "I'll show you what's gay," during a discussion on life for homosexuals in prison.
"As I was reviewing these cases, I said, 'Huh? How could this person go back to the classroom?" chancellor Dennis Walcott tells the New York Times. "It's very frustrating." Two of the 16 teachers have been shifted to desk duty in the past month after yet more allegations of wrongdoing, but the rest are still in contact with students. Many say they were victims of student malfeasance. "It never happened," says the alleged pelvic thruster. "It was a joke. The kid never testified." Other allegations include:
- One teacher allegedly pressed his leg so close to a female student that she could feel his genitals through his pants.
- One math teacher allegedly tickled students, rubbed their legs, and told a girl he'd slept with her mother.
- Another math teacher sent a student 50 text messages in four weeks, then allegedly parked outside a McDonalds where she worked.
- A gym teacher allegedly asked a student for naked cell phone pictures of his ex-girlfriend.
- Another gym teacher allegedly told a student, "When you turn 18 years old, you could come over to my home, and we can have a real party."