A San Diego teacher has been fired because her ex-husband would not leave her alone. School officials at Holy Trinity School informed second grade teacher, Carie Charlesworth, that she is out of a job via a letter. In the letter, the officials said they were worried about Charlesworth’s ex-husband's "threatening and menacing behavior," and that they "cannot allow" her to continue teaching at the Holy Trinity School.
"They’ve taken away my ability to care for my kids,” Charlesworth said. “It’s not like I can go out and find a teaching job anywhere.”
After many restraining orders and 911 calls, there was an incident in January that started things on their current path.
On Monday morning, she went to the principal and told her to be on the lookout for her ex-husband. He eventually showed up in the school’s parking lot, sending the institution into lockdown mode. Charlesworth and her four kids, who were students at the school, have not been back to Holy Trinity since, NBC News reported.
Even after her ex-husband went to prison on felony charges, Charlesworth remained away from the school.
“And that’s what it felt like, the kids and I were being punished for something we didn’t even do,” she said.
Then the letter arrived:
"We know from the most recent incident involving you and Mrs. Wright [the principal] while you were still physically at Holy Trinity School, that the temporary restraining order in effect were not a deterrent to him. Although we understand he is current incarcerated, we have no way of knowing how long or short a time he will actually serve and we understand from court files that he may be released as early as next fall. In the interest of the safety of the students, faculty and parents at Holy Trinity School, we simply cannot allow you to return to work there, or, unfortunately, at any other school in the Diocese."
Charlesworth said situations like this do not encourage victims of domestic violence to seek help.
“I mean that’s why women of domestic violence don’t come forward, because they’re afraid of the way people are going to see them, view them, perceive them, treat them,” Charlesworth said.