TribLIVE

| USWorld


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

Heroin-toting New York teacher appeals firing

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.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. Warning about cop-killer came moments too late
  2. IBM’s Watson supercomputing system to be applied to PTSD
  3. 3-D printed prosthetics give dog ability to run
  4. Poor morale, training in Air Force ICBM program spur questions about usefulness as nuclear deterrent
  5. Financial fraudster used investors’ lucre to freeze dead wife, feds contend
  6. Document hunt to begin for illegals who need proof of residency since 2010 for permit, reprieve
  7. Gray wolf decision reversed
  8. 4 Afghans freed from Guantanamo
  9. N.Y. reports crime decrease, credits ‘broken windows’
  10. Teenager who attacked California Highway Patrol officer with machete shot, killed
  11. Killer of New York police officers angry over Garner chokehold death, officials say
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.