Friday, January 9, 2015

Conflicting stories in Cafeteria Aide's lawsuit against Little Egg Harbor Elementary School Principal.

According to a December 13, 2012 Frog Pond Elementary School (Little Egg Harbor Township, Ocean County) incident report (on-line here), former school Cafeteria/Playground Aide Joette Montee walked into the school cafeteria loudly repeating that school Principal Troy Henderson "needs to keep his d*** in his pants" and that he does not know how to run a school or control children.  According to the report Montee, who was escorted off school grounds by officers while saying "I've had it with this f***ing place" was using profanity loudly enough for children to hear and was "making people in the cafeteria feel uncomfortable."

In contrast, Montee, in her October 26, 2013 lawsuit (on-line here), claims that she was wrongfully terminated by Henderson because she complained about special needs children, including her sister's children, being supervised by non-certified aides.  She claims that whenever her sister contacted the school to complain about how the sister's children were educated, Henderson would become very upset and order Montee to "stop talking to parents", specifically her sister, about what goes on at school.  She claims that she was fired "for making a comment of a personal and private nature to a third party in a conversation that [she] reasonably believed to be confidential in nature."

Montee's lawsuit, which bears Docket No. OCN-L-3835-13, remains active and is scheduled for a case management conference on February 13, 2015, 11 a.m. before the Hon. Arnold B. Goldman.

Montee is represented by Benjamin B. Brenner of the Carroll Law Firm in Galloway while the school board and Henderson have Garrick R. Slavick of Berry Sahradnik Kotzas & Benson of Toms River as their lawyer.