Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Teacher sues city after being fired for affair with runway model student
Her boy toy may have been a stud, but he was no student.
A Queens teacher fired for bedding a 17-year-old male model is suing to win her job back, saying she had no idea her lover boy was enrolled in high school during their affair. Gina Salamino, 37, contends her job as a tenured second-grade teacher at Public School 121 should have been spared because Joshua Walter was so busy catwalking he never attended a single class during the 2006-07 school year. "They have no case," Salamino angrily told the Daily News. "There is no improper relationship." Salamino maintains in Manhattan Supreme Court documents that it's "complete fiction" and "ludicrous" for the Department of Education to insist the globetrotting runway star was a "student" when he hooked up with the teacher, who was then 34. "In support of this, she cites the dictionary definition of ‘student' as ‘one who attends a school,'" court records say.
The affair was hardly short-lived - they live together in Queens and have a child. -SE MARTINEZ -NY DAILY NEWS