Via The Lookout: Teacher fired over ex-husband’s ‘threatening and menacing’ behavior
An elementary school teacher fired by a private San Diego-area school following a domestic violence incident involving her ex-husband is speaking out about her ordeal.
Carie Charlesworth, who taught second grade at Holy Trinity School in El Cajon, Calif., told the San Diego NBC affiliate that the incident with her ex-husband occurred back in January.
The following morning, Charlesworth said, she informed the school of the incident and told the principal to be on the lookout for her ex-husband. When he was spotted in the parking lot, the school went into lockdown.
Charlesworth was then put on indefinite leave and her children were removed from the school. And then:
Her ex-husband was subsequently sent to prison, but in April, the school fired her anyway.
The Diocese of San Diego wrote in a letter to Charlesworth that it was concerned about her ex-husband’s "threatening and menacing behavior."
The letter noted, "We feel deeply for you and about the situation in which you and your children find yourselves through no fault of your own. Although we understand he is currently incarcerated, we have no way of knowing how long or short a time he will actually serve and we understand from court files that he may be released as early as next fall. In the interest of the safety of the students, faculty and parents at Holy Trinity School, we simply cannot allow you to return to work there, or, unfortunately, at any other school in the Diocese."
It makes one wonder if those in the Diocese are familiar with James 1:27: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
At a minimum, it does come across as punishing the victims.