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June 28, 2001

An elementary school teacher in Hampton Bays, N.Y., has sued the school district for $1 million, saying she was fired because co-workers and administrators believed she was a witch.

In filing her claim in U.S. District Court, teacher Lauren Berrios, 32, said the school board violated her first- and 14th-amendment rights under the U.S. Constitution.

District Superintendent J. Bruce McKenna called the allegations were "ridiculous." Berrios was not retained for a third year - which would have secured her tenure - only because of her teaching, not her perceived religious beliefs, he said.

Berrios, according to the Associated Press, claims the accusations began in February, following a reading lesson on the Massachusetts Bay Colony. She mentioned visiting Salem, Mass., where the witch trials took place.

She also said the rumors started because she wears black clothing, dramatic makeup, and long fingernails.

Source: The Associated Press.

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