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Teacher With Heroin to Keep Job

Judge finds teacher's firing "unduly harsh."

Sep. 24, 2013

The Associated Press has the latest from the Village Academic Curriculum File:

“A high school teacher who was fired earlier this year for showing up for jury duty with 20 glassine envelopes of heroin stashed in a pack of cigarettes could get his job back. A judge found that Damian Esteban’s firing was ‘unduly harsh’ and ordered the Department of Education to impose a lesser punishment. … Esteban won a reprieve… from Judge Manuel Mendez, who agreed with arguments by his lawyer that there was no evidence that his conduct affected his performance as a teacher. He said suspension without pay was a more appropriate penalty.”
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