By Carl Campanile
September 22, 2014
“The parents of two Queens students who say they were abused by their science teacher have joined a lawsuit to overturn New York’s tenure laws.
Laurie Townsend and Christine Gendreau — whose kids attend PS 101 in Forest Hills — became plaintiffs after the Department of Education sent Richard Parlini back to the school despite investigators finding he used corporal punishment.
“It’s an outrage,” said Townsend, whose son, Nakia, is a sixth-grader. “He’s afraid of [Parlini].”
She said that when Nakia was in second grade, Parlini pushed him.
“It’s crazy that he could get away with this and still teach,” she said.”