Teacher Sues District Over Her Fear of ... Children
Experts say she suffers from rare pedophobia
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff | Suggested by Guvner
Posted Jan 14, 2013 4:50 PM CST
An former teacher in Ohio is suing her school district for allegedly disregarding her fear of young children.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A former teacher near Cincinnati is suing her school district for allegedly discriminating against her illness: a fear of young children. Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, claims the school transferred her from a high school to junior high school despite her diagnosed pedophobia. Experts who filed documents in the case say Waltherr-Willard suffers from a range of symptoms when teaching young kids, including vomiting, chest pains, nightmares, and high blood pressure, reports Cincinnati.com.

Her trouble with the Mariemont school district began when she told parents that online French classes might replace teacher-led classes. Irked school officials warned her not to spill the beans on such proposed cuts, and, she alleges, retaliated by sending her down to junior high. She claims to have done well teaching Spanish classes there but suffered from health problems and asked to teach high school again. When officials refused, she finally retired last year. The officials say they never expected her to quit.

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jen87
Jan 15, 2013 8:36 AM CST
Lots of snark and knee jerks in the comments today, just not a lot of brains. The article makes it clear she has an issue with young children and she had been a high school teacher. There isn't irony there unless all you did was read the headline.
floridavet
Jan 15, 2013 6:23 AM CST
Let's see...I have this huge fear of little kids, so I think I'll go to college and become a teacher so I can teach little kids. What? Yeah, and then when I can't do the job, I'll just sue the school for discrimination or something. Will the real Obama entitlement mentality please stand up?
TheProducer
Jan 14, 2013 8:50 PM CST
OH, i know the best idea here. lets give her a gun! ya know to keep the kids safe....