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Teacher Hit in Head at and Fired by Bronx Urban Assembly for Police Report Faces Motion

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 8– Melissa Samuels was working as a teacher at a charter school in The Bronx, Urban Assembly, when a hardball thrown by a student hit her in the head, injuring her.

   She had a concussion which "impacted her ability to care for herself."

 She said the school and its founder David Noah told her not to report it to the police, "asking if she really wanted to get a kid involved with the criminal justice system."

  When the police report was filed, Samuels was cut off from the school's email system, allegedly so she wouldn't share student information.

Noah emailed Samuels that "you were not assaulted. [Student] accidentally hit you with a nerf ball while he was throwing it at [Student] in a raucous classroom." Then she was fired. She sued.

The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on February 17 when Inner City Press found it in the dockets, asserts a dozen causes of action.

Perhaps ironic, Noah is a Yale Law School graduate who previously "advised clients on employment and labor compliance matters."

On May 8, Noah and the Charter School filed a pre-motion letter with the assigned District Judge, Ronnie Abrams, arguing among other things that "Plaintiff's claim of retaliation under the First Amendment should be dismissed as the filing of a police report is not an activity protected by the First Amendment." Watch this site.

The case is Samuels v. The Urban Assembly, Inc., et al, 23-cv-1379 (Abrams)


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