Ashley Cusick Student Malacai Washington, Reverend Jarrett Maupin, fired teacher Pamela Aister, her attorney Benjamin Taylor, and their supporters at yesterday's press conference.
A Fountain Hills teacher is fighting back after she claims she was wrongfully terminated for defending a student against racist bullying.
Pamela Aister, a 70-year-old fourth-grade teacher, was fired this fall because of an incident that allegedly occurred at Four Peaks Elementary School in Fountain Hills in May. Aister had been with the Fountain Hills Unified School District for 25 years.
Aister claims she saw a verbal altercation in the yard that May morning between five boys and Malacai Washington, an African-American student in her homeroom class and one of only three black students in the school.
At a press conference held yesterday outside the state capitol, Aister said Washington began school in another fourth-grade homeroom but was moved to her class in part because of conflict with other students.
Aister said she approached the boys that May morning and said, "He's in my room now. He's not alone anymore. If you're picking on him, you're picking on me."More »