- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) - A former athletic director and vice principal for a southern New Jersey charter school alleges he was fired after he reported seeing a student bullied by a staff member who is the boyfriend of the school’s founder and chairwoman.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (https://bit.ly/1WxKjug ) Devon Worster filed a whistleblower lawsuit alleging that he witnessed Michele Pastorello “bully, harass and intimidate” a student at Camden’s LEAP Academy University Charter School in April and reported it to administrators. The lawsuit says he was asked to sign a fraudulent negative performance review and was ultimately fired days later.

Pastorello lives with the school’s founder, Gloria Bonilla-Santiago.

LEAP spokesman Adam Dvorin says the school doesn’t have a record of the incident and isn’t commenting on personnel matters.

The lawsuit requests a jury trial.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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