Centereach H.S. student files claim against district, says she was bullied by teacher

Middle Country Central School District Superintendent Dr. Roberta Gerold released a statement saying in part, "Based on the results of the district's investigation, appropriate action was taken. All action taken was in compliance with the guidelines of DASA and applicable law."

Krista McNally and Stephen Levine

Mar 16, 2023, 9:25 PM

Updated 397 days ago

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A Centereach High School student says she was a bullied by her math teacher.
She has now filed a claim against the district, superintendent, board of education and that teacher.
Isabella Moore says her civil rights were violated from September through November of 2022.
Moore says it started when the teacher allegedly said, "I can't deal with these Black kids always being absent," while taking attendance after she was out the day before.
The student says she tried to talk to that teacher in private after class. After that happened, Moore claims the teacher's demeanor toward her changed and she would confront her about her outfits.
The teacher is accused of saying to Moore, "If you dress like a slut and I call you out for being a slut, I guess that makes me a racist."
A Dignity for All Students Act complaint was filed with the school in November. Five of the allegations made against the teacher were founded.
Middle Country Central School District Superintendent Dr. Roberta Gerold released a statement saying in part, "Based on the results of the district's investigation, appropriate action was taken. All action taken was in compliance with the guidelines of DASA and applicable law."
Moore was removed from the teacher's math class and given work to do independently for the month of December without instruction. Moore says the teacher continued to teach the other students.
She says the teacher caused her to have anxiety when going to school and wants the district to immediately suspend the teacher.
Moore's attorney says she plans on filing a lawsuit for millions of dollars.


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