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Schoolteacher dismissed because ex-husband poses a threat

Catholic World News - June 17, 2013

A Catholic-school teacher in the San Diego archdiocese has been informed that she will not be re-hired because her ex-husband could pose a danger to her students.

Carie Charlesworth was placed on “indefinite leave” after her estranged husband appeared at Holy Trinity School, where she was teaching, in January of this year. His appearance, which was a violation of a court order, prompted school officials to lock down the building.

Martin Charlesworth is now serving a prison term for domestic violence. But school officials fear that when he is released he could again threaten students. So the school has informed Carie Charlesworth that she will not be offered an opportunity to return to her 2nd-grade classroom for the next academic year.

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Jun. 18, 2013 11:31 AM ET USA

    Let her keep her job and make sure she has a gun.

  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Jun. 18, 2013 10:54 AM ET USA

    And wait for the lawsuits when her husband returns to the school to continue his unpredictable violent behavior and children/teachers are hurt or killed.

  • Posted by: unum - Jun. 18, 2013 8:27 AM ET USA

    Please print news of Mrs. Charlesworth's lawsuit when it is filed! The Diocese of San Diego has a strange definition of compassion.

  • Posted by: Columbo - Jun. 17, 2013 10:44 PM ET USA

    This good lady was wronged by the law that lightly punishes felons such as her husband; and she was wronged by Trinity Schools understandable fear. Would it be too much to ask the Archdiocese of San Diego to create a position for her where she could perhaps help other good women in such straits as she found herself in?

  • Posted by: polish.pinecone4371 - Jun. 17, 2013 7:58 PM ET USA

    This is absurdity incarnate -- dismissing a teacher because her husband MIGHT pose a threat when he's released from prison -- and not giving her a job anywhere else. This is seriously unjust.

  • Posted by: shrink - Jun. 17, 2013 7:36 PM ET USA

    Guilt by association. Is this a procedural fallout of the Dallas Charter? Here's a question: if her estranged husband was a closeted homosexual who cavorted with 18 year old males, would she be able to keep her job?

  • Posted by: sarsok8679 - Jun. 17, 2013 7:36 PM ET USA

    This is a gutless decision..

  • Posted by: GymK - Jun. 17, 2013 7:32 PM ET USA

    This story just isn't right. Should the teacher and her children be punished for the actions of her ex-husband? On the other hand, is there something that is not being reported? And what about the safety of the rest of the kids? Is firing this one teacher really making all the students any safer? How many unknown threats are not being addressed? Is the Church going to help the teacher find new employment? It seems there are basic principle of justice and Christian charity involved here.

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