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NYC substitute teacher fired by DOE for asking fourth-grade class for dating advice

Cassandre Fiering asked a group of five students at P.S.189 to help her choose between two men.
By Evan Bleier   |   May 21, 2014 at 10:57 AM   |   Comments

BRONX, N.Y., May 21 (UPI) -- A New York City substitute teacher, who asked her class to educate her with some dating advice, has been let go by the Department of Education after an investigation.

Cassandre Fiering allegedly asked five students in a fourth-grade class at P.S. 189 in the Bronx to help her decide between two men and was told to dump the younger one because he wasn't returning her calls.

According to a report issued by the office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for New York City Schools, Fiering called the students her "munchkins" and touched a few of them in ways that verged on being inappropriate.

Fiering denies that there was any questionable physical contact and says the whole thing was harmless and is being taken out of context

"The kids were saying, 'Oh, we're your counselor,'" Fiering told DNAinfo New York. "They were excited to have me listen to their advice. ... They were saying all kinds of things, trying to help me because this guy was being a jerk to me."

"It was also G-rated. I certainly wasn't talking about sex or anything."

The 45-year-old plans to appeal her firing and has since broken up with both men.

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