Teacher Can't Be Fired For 'Devil's Spawn' Posts: NY Court

Law360, New York (May 8, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT) -- A New York appeals court on Tuesday overturned the New York City Department of Education's firing of a teacher who posted messages on her Facebook page saying she hated her students and calling them "the devil's spawn."

The appeals court said termination was an unduly harsh penalty for Christine Rubino, a teacher for New York Public School 203 in Brooklyn, considering she had no record of previous misconduct and had acknowledged that her comments were out of line.

"Under the circumstances, which include the lack of...
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