Lawsuit: Teacher Was Called Fat, Told She ‘Looked Like S**t’ In Class

JOLIET, Ill. (CBS) — A special education teacher is suing a colleague and the Richland School District in Crest Hill, alleging that she was called fat and treated cruelly in front of students.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, the lawsuit filed in Will County by teacher Christine Roche alleges emotional distress and a hostile work environment. Roche says she is now on leave and is accepting temporary disability, dealing with acute adjustment disorder ad post-traumatic stress disorder.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports

Roche’s suit alleges teacher Tina Behnke screamed at her in front students who back her story. They say Benhke told Roche looked fat and pregnant, and at one point said, “Well, if I looked like s**t, I’d want to know.”

A complaint was filed last year. Richland School District 88A spokesman Michael Early said Behnke’s comments were “unprofessional, inappropriate, perhaps even cruel.”

Behnke wrote an apology letter, according to the lawsuit, and Roche was reassigned to the elementary school. A few days later, though, Roche said she learned from Newman she’d need to continue working with Behnke’s students.

Early told Roche she would have to avoid direct contact with Behnke and coordinate lesson plans through a third-party teacher.

No court date for Roche’s lawsuit has been learned.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

  • Me

    You mean to tell me the ‘person’ that insulted a fellow teacher is not the one moved and now needs help from whom s\he insulted? That is stupid. If I was petty, I would have told the insulting teacher, ‘Go to H***.’

    I hope the teacher gets the socks sued off of them and fired. The Thugs, I mean Union, reps need to decide who they are going to defend….or are they hoping to sweep it under a rug like normal?

    • jzzyj1

      What UNION???

      • Me

        Crest hill school teachers aren’t Unionized?

  • Mycakers

    PTSD? Really? Hahahaha!

  • Army Vet,VN

    People are real rude and mean today,but what do you expect from the lefty liberals,watching shows like the View,Jon Stewart,Bill Maher,David Letterman.Mnbc,SNL,and many more.I am no Republican but it is sickening what these slimeballs say day after day,and then have the nerve to call people from the Right evil and hateful,but obama is no different he has said many ugly things himself.They think its cute,but I’ll tell you what they better not say anything to me,because I’ll handle it myself.

    • Me

      Letterman is Left? He pokes fun at all sides. You show up and he likes you…you diss him and he pokes even more fun.



    • H. Cain

      Jesse….your poor English is showing through as well as you lack of Netiquette..

      • H. Cain

        Lost an ‘R’…must be the Dem in me coming out.

  • Betsy203

    Mycakers, nice name BTW~ You have NO CLUE what you are talking about! You have no idea what this person went through in this school district! Do you happen to know the whole story or are you just feeding off of the media? Why don’t you keep your ignorant comments to yourself unless, you are a doctor and was seeing the victim……

    • Me


  • Centurion

    Being called FAT gets you disability? HOLY GEEZ, call me ugly so I can sue all of you….I have acute adjustment disorder…, gimme my money

    • Stephania Rose

      This is only a very small portion of the lawsuit. The verbal and mental abuse was not started by this comment alone…rather this intensified an already volatile, hostile environment…you have no idea what this young lady went through on a daily basis.

  • Teacher Claims She Was Bullied By Colleague | USA Press

    […] suit follows a complaint filed last year and alleges that fellow teacher Tina Behnke created a hostile work environment and inflicted undue emotional distress when she said in front of students that Roche looked fat and pregnant, later adding “if I […]

  • tiger paw

    well with all the Victoria Secret commercials we all look fat and ugly. as a society we should be ashamed, no one needs to be sloppy chubby and homely. Go to the GYM you lazy a$$

  • l

    Whatever republicans are doing, they accuse you of it. Thats how you know what they are doing.

    They insult nonstop and cry when they get insulted.

    They act racist and then cry cuz they dont have the freedom to hurt who they want and control who they want.

    Control of women
    Conrol of sexuality
    Control of money
    Conrtol of non white races.

    Freedom is only for them, not you.

    Gays cannot be free, women cannot be free, minorities cannot be free.
    Only white males can be free. And can do whatever they want.

    If they disagree with you, you are bad and have to be stopped, their morality is the only morality.

    EVIL personified.

    Oh and since the only people who will be voting republican will be 50% of white people or less, I dont see how you can beat Obama.

    SInce blacks, hispanics, asians, jews, gays, women and the rest of the white people like me will be voting OBAMA.

    Cry moar in your ignorance.

    • Cynic

      ‘I’…what does your comment have to do with the subject at hand? Your random rant is full of half-truths and inaccuracies. I know many Women and Blacks, Hispanics, and other ‘races” that vote Republican year after year…myself included.

      Jesse and Sharpton are proof that Racism is not a white issue. The Unions are proof that Whites will follow just as blindly and non-Whites.

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