Wait…what? I do believe this woman is in the wrong profession.
A former high school teacher suing the school district where she used to work is accusing its administrators of discriminating against her because of a rare phobia she says she has: a fear of young children.
Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, had been teaching Spanish and French at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati since 1976.
Waltherr-Willard, who does not have children of her own, said that when she was transferred to the district’s middle school in 2009, the seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, caused her blood pressure to soar and forced her to retire in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year.
Is she disabled or not? That appears to be the question. It will be interesting to hear more specifics as this case moves forward. One would assume that she taught the ninth-graders at the her high school. If so, then what great difference is there with a seventh or eighth-grader that would trigger her phobia? She has been diagnosed with general anxiety disorder.