Blind Teacher Gets Fired For Doing Something Completely Normal

Blind gym teacher Steven Sloan, 60, is a legend in New York City. Unfortunately he was recently fired from his position at PS 102 in Harlem after rinsing his mouth with Listerine.

According to the New York Post, a parent was setting up for a party last year and claimed to smell alcohol on his breath. After that, the Department of Education (DOE) charged him with drinking on the job and sexual harassment.

The second charge came when Sloan allegedly asked a group of moms, "Anybody want to go on a blind date?" Sloan explained that he makes these types of jokes to put people at ease with his disability. Sloan, who was born with macular degeneration, became a hero to those at his school when actor Tony Danza nominated him to carry a torch in Italy at the 2006 Olympic Games.

Teacher Lisa Ortiz told the Post “The DOE took an outstanding career and trashed it." After reportedly smelling alcohol on Sloan’s breath on Oct. 30, 2014, the parent who accused him dug through a trash bin in his office and found a Styrofoam cup that was allegedly filled with “brown liquid.”

At a hearing, Sloan denied drinking on the job and said “I cherish my job. Ain’t nothing for me to do but to teach physical education and work with my children. So why, after 30 years, would I risk or jeopardize that?” Sloan said he rinsed his mouth with Original Listerine after a spicy lunch. Listerine has 26.9 percent alcohol.

In August, Sloan settled with the DOE and agreed to retire from his position. He told the Post “I’d rather retire than have a bad record. They didn’t even let me go back to my school and say goodbye. I just want to let everybody know I did my job diligently, with all my heart and soul.”

Reddit users read the story, and one wrote "What a world where asking someone on a date is sexual harassment."

Photo: NY Post, Buena Park

Blind gym instructor accused of drinking on the job.

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