Ohio teacher sues district, cites intense fear of children

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Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, is a teacher who is suing school district over phobia of children disability. Screen shot via Fox & Friends.

An Ohio school teacher who claims to be stricken with a pedophobia, an intense fear of young children, is suing the school district because she claims her disorder led to her forced resignation.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, had been a teacher for 35 years at the Mariemont School District in Marimont, Ohio, formerly teaching Spanish and French to high school students without incident. Walther-Willard claims that when the school district reassigned her to a middle school classroom, the children triggered her pedophobia, rendering her paralyzed with fear and unable to perform her duties as a teacher.

Waltherr-Willard claims that she was targeted by school officials for voicing her opposition to removing teacher led classroom French in favor of online classes. Waltherr-Willard claims that when she spoke out about the change to students and parents, the school punished her by transferring her to a school with younger children than the ones she currently teaches.

Waltherr-Willard claims in the lawsuit that the transfer is causing her physical pain including, but not limited to, anxiety, chest pains, high blood pressure, nausea and nightmares.

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According to the NY Daily News, a federal judge has recently dismissed three out of the six claims in Waltherr-Willard’s lawsuit, saying that she resigned voluntarily and that the district was only required to offer her a teaching job, not guarantee what teaching job she would be placed in.

It is not clear whether Waltherr-Willard’s lawyers will pursue the other three claims.

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