(NORTHJERSEY) — In on of the first North Jersey cases decided under the state’s new tenure law, an arbitrator ruled that a Paterson elementary teacher should lose his job due to his bad temper, profanity and incompetence.
The ruling described Robert J. Carter’s inability to control his young students, at times swearing at them or slamming a chair on the floor to stop them from misbehaving. The decision said he didn’t supervise them carefully enough to catch them watching pornography online and inappropriately sought to take bereavement leave when the pop singer Whitney Houston died.
Carter’s misconduct at School 24 and Alexander Hamilton Academy showed he lacked empathy for students, said the June 19 ruling by arbitrator Mattye Gandel. “He creates a classroom as a battleground rather than a supportive and nurturing environment,” she wrote.