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July 08, 2005

The New York City school system says it's seeking reimbursement from high school teacher Matthew Kaye after discovering he had taken 11 sick days so he perform as a professional wrestler.

Kaye, who taught social studies at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Queens, stepped down in April after investigators tried to interview him about his second career.

When he took the sick days in December and February, Kaye told school officials he needed them in order to care for an ill sister - even providing doctors' notes in some cases, the Daily News reports. Officials later discovered that a website he published to promote his wrestling career listed him as being on tour for World Wrestling Entertainment on those days.

Kaye's site identifies him as Matt Striker, a wrestler "known for his charisma" and ability to pull off maneuvers like "the Over Drive (a modified swinging neckbreaker) as well as the Lungblower and other unusual submission and impact moves."

In a statement on his site, Kaye said he didn't realize sick days and personal days "were two entirely different things." He said he had good relationships with his students, adding that many of them did well on their examinations "because I taught them!"

He told the Daily News: "I would have been better off beating a kid, because those teachers always seem to keep their jobs."

Source: The Daily News

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