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Germantown teacher apologizes to student after 'prostitute' remark

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010; 7:52 AM

A Montgomery County teacher who told a high school sophomore last week that she was dressed like a prostitute has apologized to the student and her mother, the mother said Tuesday.

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The Seneca Valley High School teacher made the remark Thursday and had a security guard escort the student to the main office, said Naomi Lynn, the girl's mother. The incident was first reported by WJLA (Channel 7). Lynn said she wasn't satisfied with the response; after a one-day absence, the teacher returned to class Tuesday, Lynn said.

"If my daughter had called her a prostitute, [the school] would have suspended her," she said. The teacher "needs to be punished for what she did."

Dana Tofig, a school system spokesman, said that he couldn't comment on personnel matters but that the teacher's comment was "inappropriate."

-- Michael Birnbaum

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