School teacher claims discrimination for fear of children

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard

An Ohio school teacher resigned from her position and is now suing the school board for discriminating against her due to her extreme fear of children, according to an exclusive Cincinnati.com report.

Maria C. Waltherr-Willard, 61, who has taught Spanish and French for 35 years, now claims the Mariemont school district discriminated against her when they reassigned her from high school to junior high school classes, with knowledge that she suffers from pedophobia, a fear of young children.

Denise Smith Amos wrote in Cincinnati.com that according to her and her health care providers, “she experiences stress, anxiety, chest pains, vomiting, nightmares and higher than healthy blood pressure when she’s around young children.”

I can’t dispute her condition, but I find her “I can’t do my job, but you should pay me to do it anyway” claim just another one in a long line of frivolous claims that juries somehow find both logical and actionable.

It’s right up there with the diminished capacity “Twinkie defense” that helped Dan White avoid a double murder rap in his 1979 San Francisco homicide trial.

It’s just as asinine as the 1994 product liability lawsuit where a jury awarded Stella Liebeck $160,000 in compensatory damages and $2.7 million in punitive damages because McDonald’s served her coffee that was too hot.

It’s no wonder people hate lawyers.

Charles Dickens wrote in Oliver Twist, “If the law supposes that, the law is an ass – an idiot”.

Shakespeare was a bit more direct. “The first thing we do,” wrote the bard in Henry VI, is “kill all the lawyers.”

People have hated lawyers for a good, long time.

Four months after Waltherr-Willard retired from her teaching position, she filed an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint, which the commission eventually dismissed.

She then filed a six-claim complaint in federal district court. On Wednesday, the judge assigned to her case dismissed three of those claims, all of which allege that the school district violated an implied contract to keep the plaintiff away from young children.

Maybe there’s hope for civilization yet.

Read further at Cincinnati.com.

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  • linda123456

    if ya can't do the job, quit or be fired. teachers union will bail her out though…they always do…..second most corrupt union, teachers union

  • KB Cook

    Trade Unions are a school for communism. — Vladimir Lenin

    They are also incubators for gross Liberal Derangement Syndrome & incompetency on the job.

  • Big Jim

    This lady goes to Craker Barrel in Milford, OH every Sunday for brunch and complains to the mgr about the food or service trying to get a free meal or a deduction on her meal bill. What an idiot! You would think she would go to a different restaurant every time she tries this but no, same place every week.

  • cs

    Nice turtle neck,pull it up a little higher! Fear of children, and she's a teacher?What a loser looking for a payday.

  • John

    Seriously she is scared of children?! It looks like they should be more afraid of her. Choosing to be a teacher while having such a stupid phobia makes this woman seem even crazier than she looks

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  • r g

    this chick has got be kidding..maybe they need to look at what shes been smoking…..I have a phobia of A**holes …maybe I should become a practologist and sue all my patients….Get real……

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