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Last fall, Madeline Luciano was fired from her teaching position at P.S. 18 in New York City after allegedly telling her eighth grade students to write out the reasons they hated one of the girls in class on the blackboard.
According to DNAinfo, the incident occurred on June 4, 2014. The 13-year-old girl's bookbag had been stolen from the classroom while she was dropping off schoolwork, and when she finally found it again, someone had ripped up the pages of her student portfolio. When she told Luciano, the teacher asked the class to write a letter explaining why they didn't like the girl.
One boy began to write the comments that his classmates made on the blackboard, as they shouted that she was "ugly," "annoying" and "fake." Luciano claims she did not request this type of public shaming, but students have claimed that she did indeed ask for a volunteer to write out the insults on the board, according to a report by the city Department of Education's Office of Special investigations.
Luciano finally stopped the assignment when the girl started to cry. She claims that the boy then erased the mean comments from the board and wrote, "Sorry," and that Luciano told the class that they need to be nicer to one another.
However, the apology was not enough for the school's principal, Connie Mejia, who fired Luciano on the grounds of misconduct. Now, Luciano is seeking to overturn her termination, which she considers too "harsh." In a petition filed last week to the Brooklyn Supreme Court, she asked to regain her security clearance, without which she cannot get a job at another city school.
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