PATERSON, N.J., April 30 (UPI) — A New Jersey teacher was fired after a judge determined he’d urinated into plastic bottles and made students take it to the bathroom and flush it.
Ron Truitt, a second-grade teacher at School 13 in Patterson vehemently denied the allegations and his lawyer promised an appeal.
But Administrative Law Judge Evelyn Marose found Truitt responsible for 14 of the 17 charges, including that on multiple occasions Truitt, who is wheelchair bound, urinated in plastic containers in his classroom with children present, then made the students take it to the bathroom and flush it.
New Jersey Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf revoked Tuitt’s tenure based on Marose’s findings, the Patterson Press said Monday.
“The respondent’s unbecoming conduct and insubordination,” Cerf wrote of Tuitt in his decision, “were not the result of an isolated incident, but rather a pattern of outrageous conduct that is not appropriate in a school environment.”
“In addition to the episode where the respondent urinated in the garbage can located in the classroom,” Cerf continued, “on several occasions he urinated into a plastic container in the presence of children, and then instructed the children to dispose of the urine. This type of inappropriate and absolutely revolting behavior will not be condoned under any circumstance.”
Truitt said he once urinated himself in school because he suffered a urinary tract infection. He was diagnosed in 2003 with Lymphedema, which limits mobility in his lower extremities. His lawyer said the condition would make it very difficult for Truitt to actually urinate into a small container.
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