Teacher sues school district over phobia of small children
Published 16/01/2013 | 05:00
A former teacher is suing the US school district where she used to work, saying administrators discriminated against her because she has a rare phobia: a fear of young children.
Maria Waltherr-Willard (61) had been teaching Spanish and French to teenagers in Ohio since 1976.
Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her own, was transferred to another school with younger students in 2009. She says the younger students triggered her phobia, caused her blood pressure to soar and forced her to retire.
Gary Winters, the school district's attorney, said the French programme at her school was moving online and that she was transferred as the other school needed a Spanish teacher.
"She wants money," he said of Waltherr-Willard's motivation.