• David Kent was a teacher at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy 
  • He wrote to principal Abigail Lovett outlining his concern about pupil behavior
  • In a meeting with Lovett’s deputy Kent was warned about his letters 
  • He is seeking his old job back, his wages, compensation and his legal bills aid. 

Darren Boyle for MailOnline

A teacher has claimed he was fired from his school after he reported disruptive pupils to the principal – who feared the criticism would make the institution look bad.

David Kent was working at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy last year when he notified principal Abigail Lovett about his concerns. 

According to papers lodged with Manhattan Supreme Court, Kent had a meeting with the assistant principal Alrick Crowe in March 2016. During the meeting Kent handed over a dossier outlining the level of classroom chaos.

Principal Abigail Lovett, pictured, sacked David Kent after he complained about pupils misbehaving

‘In that meeting, Assistant Principal Crowe stated words to the effect of, “Be careful what you write about students because it could come back to hurt the school”,’ the New York Post reported.

Several week later, Kent alleges he received a disciplinary letter. 

The court papers said: ‘The letter to Petitioner from Principal Lovett criticized Petitioner’s submission of student anecdotal write-ups concerning student behavior in Petitioner’s classrooms.’ 

He claimed the disciplinary measures had damaged his teaching career.

One letter added to his file said Lovett was considering further action, including his possible sacking.

Kent had been a teacher at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy, pictured

Kent claimed his was obliged to write down all incidents in the school. 

The school said Kent ignored a teacher-improvement plan and he was officially toled in June that he was being fired.

However, in a new lawsuit, Kent claims there was only one letter on his file ‘which contradicted the mandates of the teacher handbook and was arguably in retaliation for documenting improper student behavior’. 

Kent’s lawsuit aims to have him reappointed to the school as well as awarded back pay and damages. He also want his legal bills paid.


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