Former Long Island, N.Y., public school teacher sues over witchcraft allegation

March 8, 2007
She says school officials accused her of being a witch and forced her from her job.

A former reading teacher at Hampton Bays (N.Y.) Elementary School contends that the public school was being run by born-again Christians intent on converting students to “fundamentalist Christianity.” She says the religious fervor culminated in her being run out of the school in 2001 over accusations that she was practicing witchcraft and teaching it to children. Lauren Berrios, 37, is suing the district. She testified in federal court that school officials accused her of being a witch after she taught fifth graders about the Salem witch trials, exposed them to a children’s book about witches and wizards, and introduced them to the weird sisters of “Macbeth.”

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