Enlarge Image PS 195 in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn A Brooklyn teaching assistant is suing the city Department of Education claiming he was wrongfully fired following a botched investigation into claims he kissed three young girls.
Former paraprofessional Grigoriy Zagerson was canned from PS 195 on Sept. 17 “based on a faulty investigation and motivated by discriminatory animus” of the school principal and investigators looking into claims that he kissed two 6-year-old girls and an 8-year-old girl on the cheek, according to his Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit.
The 55-year-old Brooklyn man — who started at the Manhattan Beach school in 2010 — said he was suspended without pay in March 2018 over the allegations.
One girl, who was 6 at the time, told investigators that Zagerson “commented on her smile and then kissed her on the cheek,” court papers said.
A second girl — who had witnessed the first incident — told investigators that she was upset after he corrected her on an assignment and “Zagerson then pulled her toward him by the arm and kissed her on the cheek” too, the documents said.
A third girl, then 8 years old, said Zagerson also kissed her on the cheek on several occasions, according to documents that accompanied the lawsuit. The educator was helping the girl — a native Russian speaker like him — learn English.Zagerson admitted to investigators that the Russian-speaking girl had once hugged him and told him she missed him “and added he may have ‘pecked’ her cheek.”He also insisted he […]
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