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Stefan Serie, a former Merrick Avenue Middle School health teacher, recently lost his provisional tenure and his position, apparently because of his appearance on “Princesses Long Island.” Now he is threatening to sue the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District if he doesn’t get his job back. Above, Serie appearing on the show.

Stefan Serie is not the first schoolteacher to lose a job because of a media appearance.

In 2008, Marie Jarry, a second-grade teacher in Connecticut, was forced to resign after she took a sick day from school to appear in a bikini on the “Howard Stern Show” for the “Ugliest Dude, Hottest Wife” contest.

Jarry sued the Southington, Conn., Board of Education, the Southington Education Association, the teachers’ union, and the Connecticut Education Association, the state union. Jarry claimed breach of fair representation, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligent misrepresentation and intentional misrepresentation, among other charges, according to filings in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut.

Jarry’s claims were dismissed in July and September of 2010.


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I appreciate the thorough and well-researched article, but:

1. A comparison between Mr. Serie's situation and a bikini-clad bimbo taking a sick day to go on the Howard Stern show? Really?

2. No media outlet seems interested in discussing or investigating the opinion of a significant number of Support Stefan Serie members that there is political chicanery involved here: Three days after Mr. Serie's tenure offer was rescinded, Dr. Mara Bollettieri, Assistant Superintendent of Personnel, posted a vacancy for a physical education teacher which had an active posting period of four days, two of which included a weekend. The grapevine has it that the position has been filled and that the paperwork was "pushed through very quickly". The closing date of the posting was June 24, two days prior to the board's receipt of Mr. Serie's coerced resignation letter.

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