A New York City schoolteacher has sued the City, claiming that the students and their conduct are killing him. The teacher, who had a triple-bypass surgery in 2007, claims that the principal intentionally assigned him a heavy class-load of agitated and rowdy students to aggravate his heart condition and push him out of the school.
According the suit, the teacher continually begged administration officials for a transfer to upper grades and classes with less behavioral problems, but was continually rebuked and passed up. It was not until the teacher collapsed while dealing with rowdy students that the teacher was reassigned to other class loads.
Also contained in the complaint is a claim that the teacher was treated differently since he was an observant Orthodox Jew, while the administration is largely Hispanic.
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