Teacher Throws Self Down Stairs to Avoid Review

Not surprisingly, she resigned
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2010 1:10 PM CDT
Throwing yourself down the stairs is one way to get out of work...   (AP Photo/ Petros Giannakouris)

(Newser) – Apparently calling in sick just wasn’t challenging enough for a Brooklyn teacher who decided instead to throw herself down the stairs in an effort to avoid a bad performance review, the New York Post reports. The untenured high school teacher, who already had one poor review under her belt, faced a classroom observation by her supervisor…and instead of hatching an excellent lesson plan to impress her, Ilene Feldman hatched a plan to get out of work entirely, an investigation concluded.

The Post has security video of 33-year-old Feldman pausing on a stairwell at the HS for Innovation in Advertising and Media, listening for someone to approach, and then faking her fall—which she blamed on a piece of gum. She filed for compensation for the four days of work she missed, but ultimately resigned when investigators confronted her with the video. Click here to read about another teacher who went to great lengths to avoid work.

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