Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Cath.Elem.Teacher Loses Job Due to Ex-Husband; Diocese Fears His Domestic Abuse Endangers Kids

A veteran teacher at a Catholic school has lost her job because officials are worried her ex-husband -- now serving a jail sentence for domestic abuse and stalking -- will pose a danger to students and teachers after he is released on June 28, the LA Times website reports today (June 18, 2013).

When Martin Charlesworth, 41, showed up at Holy Trinity School in El Cajon, California in January, school officials put the school on lockdown and called police. By coming to the school, he was in violation of a restraining order, court records indicate.

Later, school officials put second-grade teacher Carie Charlesworth on "indefinite leave" and removed her four children from the school. Since then, Charlesworth, 39, has been on paid leave, but recently was informed that -- after 14 years as a teacher in the San Diego Catholic diocese -- she will not be offered a teaching job for next school year.

"Please understand that this was a very difficult decision to make, and we are deeply, deeply sorry about this situation," the diocese's director of schools wrote. He added, "We will continue to pray for you and your family."

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