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If you thought the story of the Wisconsin teacher who showed up to work drunk and won money in a lawsuit was crazy, you haven’t heard anything yet. Let us all introduce you to ex-teacher Monica Johnson. And wait until you hear why this lady is an ex-teacher.
Johnson used to teach the fifth grade at Public School 123 but she was fired after a string of bizarre accusations including corporal punishment and asking students to rub lotion on her legs and feet and to comb her hair. What in the hell?
But this gets even more crazy because Johnson is now suing the Department of Education in the hopes of landing another teaching job.
Johnson was fired in 2008 from her job that paid $57,370 a year. And the Department of Education even wrote her a letter that stated this: “You instructed students to massage lotion on your legs and feet, and to comb your hair during instructional time.”
Johnson claims she has overcome personal issues that led to the unusual classroom activities, and needs to be cleared to work for a school vendor…The ouster came back to haunt the 49-year-old educator last year, when she was offered a job as an after-school site manager for the social services organization University Settlement.
The job offer was rescinded after University Settlement — a Department of Education vendor — learned the reason for Johnson’s firing, court papers indicate.
At the time she got in trouble, Johnson said she had been misdiagnosed with cancer, had endured a nasty custody battle and was homeless.
And Johnson is of course representing herself in the case, as she is saying that she now knows that “professionalism is a non-negotiable” and wants a second chance.”
Here’s what an Education Department spokesperson had to say:
“Ms. Johnson’s behavior was inappropriate and completely unacceptable, and she is no longer eligible to work in our schools.”
The absurd suit is now being reviewed.