"A high school teacher who said she was sexually tormented by her students and then punished for complaining has scored a $450,000 settlement from the city.This is the black female principal who didn't care:
Theresa Reel, 52, who quit her job when she signed the deal, said the knowledge that she never has to set foot in the High School for Legal Studies again is just as sweet. “I wasted six years of my life being treated like dirt — less than dirt,” Reel told the Daily News on Thursday. “I can’t put into words how happy I am.”[Harassed teacher Theresa Reel gets $450G By Mark Morales, Ben Chapman And Tracy Connor,NY Daily News, September 21, 2012]
From the Daily News story:
When she told then-Principal Denise Morgan that she made a student leave the class for sexual comments, the official’s response was: “And how does that threaten you?”This is the Hispanic principal who also didn't care:
Morgan defended her handling of Reel’s complaints.
“I am very comfortable with the professional manner in which I responded to this teacher’s concerns,” she told The News.
The Daily News again:
After Morgan was replaced at the troubled school, the new principal, Monica Ortiz, gave Reel unsatisfactory ratings.This is the sexual harassment:
And a 2008 letter from the Department of Education chastised the social studies educator for “inappropriate attire,” described as a “low-cut, V-neck lace top.”
“It made me feel like I was worthless, like my own supervisors believed that I deserved to be treated like this,” Reel said at the Woodside, Queens, home she shares with her cat."
One boy allegedly told her: “I’ve got rubbers — want to party?” Another student accused a classmate of performing a sex act on Reel for good grades, she said.And these are the students at the "School for Legal Studies"—62 percent black, 35 percent Hispanic, 2 percent white.
She recalled one male student crossing a hallway so he could graze her breast with his elbow and then “smirk” at her.
“I was screaming,” Reel said.
So a white teacher, from Mississippi, is sexually harassed for years, by black and Hispanic boys, 14-18, while a black female principal, and a Hispanic female are blaming the victim.
And the result was that the city's lawyers tried to get the suit tossed out"arguing Reel did not prove the school was a hostile environment, that she was singled out for her gender...."