Anita Wooten-Francis, a special-education teacher in Canarsie, NY, claims the PS 224 principal George Andrews harassed her for being a devout Christian who privately read the Bible and prayed to God; he subsequently fired her.
-- From "Teach: I'm devout & kicked out" by Kathianne Boniello, New York Post 5/22/11
He'd "constantly" tease her that "he was aware that she and other Christians were praying to have the demons removed from his spirit, but that it was not working," according to a lawsuit she filed earlier this month in Brooklyn federal court.
In one instance, he criticized the disabled woman [Wooten-Francis] for using the elevator and told her to take the stairs. When she protested, he allegedly said, "Why don't you just pray?" Then he laughed.
At the same time, she says, the school was going to hell in a handbasket, with school administrators charging students for bake sales "even though no charity received the proceeds," and using money from the school's Special Needs Funds to pay for lunches and parties, the suit claims.
After she complained, Wooten-Francis said she was fired on trumped-up charges accusing her of grabbing a kindergartner.
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