What’s in a name? That’s what the Kettering Board of Education asked two years ago after Fairmont High School English teacher Michael Togliatti began calling his students “idiot,” “troll” and “hobbit.”
A board investigation found that Togliatti’s name-calling and other vulgarity “resulted in students changing schedules, some went to class dreading it, some students stopped participating, and others made the best of it.”
In August 2011, Togliatti was suspended without pay pending his termination. He appealed to the Ohio Department of Education, which backed the school board’s decision to fire the teacher.
The school board spent $70,000 in legal fees to terminate Togliatti.