New York Teacher Removed From Classroom After Helping Distraught Student
Apparently, no good deed goes unpunished.
A Long Island high school teacher who was trying to help comfort a student was removed from her classroom and reassigned to administrative duty.
ABC News reports that Janice Graf, who is an art teacher at Center Moriches High School took a distraught student to a local store for some hot cocoa.
The student, senior Maddy Zaminski, was grieving after losing two of her fiends.
Graf told ABC News
She needed someone to talk to. She was very distraught. I felt that she was in crisis
I just want to be back with my kids. I want to be back in the classroom.
Graf even received permission from Zaminski’s father to take her off campus.
Center Moriches High School has a policy about not taking students off campus during school hours, however.
Vess Mitev, Graf's attorney, is helping her to get reinstated.
Zaminski was “completely shocked that the school district would take such a harsh stance,” according to Mitev.
The school board president, Joshua Foster, told ABC News in a statement,
We are not permitted by law to comment on the specifics of a personnel matter. At this point Administration is continuing its investigation and review of this matter in accordance with law and District policies, and will thereafter be reporting to the Board accordingly. We will ensure that the process is thorough and equitable, and that our students, the district and the staff are appropriately protected.