| USWorld

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Heroin-toting New York teacher appeals firing

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, 9:09 p.m.

NEW YORK — A high school teacher who was fired this year for showing up for jury duty with 20 glassine envelopes of heroin stashed in a pack of cigarettes could get his job back.

A judge found that Damian Esteban's firing was “unduly harsh” and ordered the Department of Education to impose a lesser punishment. City officials blasted the decision on Thursday, saying they would appeal.

“We cannot fathom how a teacher who took 20 bags of heroin into a courthouse is fit to stand in front of a classroom and teach the city's school children,” Michael A. Cardozo, the city's top lawyer, said in a statement.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg added that the ruling “shows a callous indifference to the well-being of our students.”

Esteban's case will remain unresolved while the city pursues an appeal. There was no immediate response to a message left Thursday with his attorney.

Esteban's troubles began last year when he was returning to a Manhattan courthouse after taking a break as a juror in a murder trial. While he passed through security, courthouse officers discovered the heroin packets.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Oregon college gunman’s victims walked varied paths
  2. California vineyards skip irrigation amid drought
  3. Oregon shooter a lonely youth with grudge against religion
  4. Ohio’s interpretation of Common Core test results threatens national comparison goals
  5. 2 men arrested in 1984 rape, killing of girl, 14
  6. Another round of divisive cases awaits Supreme Court
  7. Navy intelligence official indicted on charges of theft, conspiracy
  8. Closure of ID offices in Alabama riles Democrats
  9. Double whammy for dinosaurs: Death from above, below
  10. Apartment blast kills 1 in Brooklyn
  11. Football game in St. Louis halted by gunshots