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A New York City school teacher who was fired for a lesson on slavery gone terribly wrong is planning to sue the city for $1billion.
Patricia Cummings, 37, allegedly told three students at a predominantly black and Hispanic school in The Bronx to lie down to illustrate conditions on a slave ship, after which she stepped on their backs to show 'what it's like to be a slave'.
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Cummings had first been reassigned and then suspended pending termination from Middle School 118 in The Bronx, which became official in October.
In a press conference with her lawyer Thomas Liotti Thursday, Cummings said: 'I have no career at this point.'
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She filed a lawsuit against the city of New York in September, claiming she is the victim of 'reverse racism,' seeking $120 million in damages.
It also named the Department of Education, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and several media outlets as defendants.
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But her lawyer said Thursday they now plan to build a $1billion class-action lawsuit with other teachers who claim to have faced similar discrimination.
Liotti said the lesson only became an issue because of Cumming's race, and said other black teachers will testify in her defense.
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'That 20 seconds of a teachable moment changed my life,' Cummings said. 'Anyone who has met me knows I don't have that bone in my body,'
Cummings has denied that she stepped on the students' backs.
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City Department of Education spokesperson Doug Cohen said at the time of her firing: 'Ms. Cummings was terminated based on the results of this investigation and a review of her overall performance as an educator.
Cummings reportedly carried out the poorly executed lesson in mid-January 2017 while discussing the infamous Middle Passage: the forced voyage of African captives across the Atlantic Ocean to America as part of the global slave...
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