Teacher Says Unruly Classes Meant to Force Him to Retire

December 21, 2010 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - A New York teacher is claiming he was given "unruly" students purposefully to aggravate his heart condition and urge him toward retirement.

A news report from United Press International says Monte Kuhr said in a lawsuit against the city administrators at A. Philip Randolph High School, including Principal Henry Rubio, that they dismissed a suggestion from his physician that he stick to teaching the senior classes, which are “the source of fewer student behavioral problems.” Kuhr said he was instead given five freshmen classes to teach in fall 2009, prompting “high-intensity interactions with misbehaving students.”  

According to the news report, Kuhr, who underwent triple bypass surgery in 2005, said he was moved to a senior class in the spring after his doctor sent a second letter, but he continued to receive blame for school problems including poor attendance.