Tenured teacher fired for confining special needs students in bathroom

A Wayne preschool teacher was fired for confining special education students in a bathroom.

A state arbitrator ruled on Nov. 20 that Donna DeMarco was guilty of the tenure charge of conduct unbecoming because she improperly confined the two students to a narrow classroom bathroom — consisting of a toilet, tiled walls, a metal shelf and a heavy door that opens inward — as a means of punishment or behavioral control.

The district also charged DeMarco with referring to her students as “little a–holes” and “little d—–bags” to faculty while in the teacher’s room. The arbitrator ruled that the name-calling alone …read more

Source: NJ.com Passaic

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