Bronx Teacher Fired After Accusations Of Racism, Subjecting Students To Pain

October 19, 2018 - 3:16 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- A Bronx teacher has been fired after allegedly subjecting students to physical pain in the classroom.

As WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reported Friday, teacher Patricia Cummings continues to deny the charges.

The first complaints against Patricia Cummings came from African-American students at Middle School 118, who were taking her social studies class and learning about slavery.

Cummings, 37, who is white, is alleged to have told the students to lie on the floor during the lesson on slavery, and they say she even stepped on their backs.

“That never happened,” said Cummings’ attorney, Tom Liotti.

Liotti is confident in his client, who was fired after a Department of Education investigation revealed that she used poor judgment.

The DOE gave no details of its claims against Cummings.

Cummings has plans to sue the city for $120 million. Liotti said there was another teacher who was African-American observing the classroom at the time of the alleged incident.

“He said he would not have any problem in having his children see that lesson, and in fact, he thought it was a very poignant lesson, and it never happened the way the complaint describes it,” Liotti said.

Cummings has offered to take a lie detector test. She says she is a victim of reverse racism.