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Teacher and Husband Fired "Unfairly" At Texas Leadership Charter Academy

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Gabrielle Paulo spent her Valentine's Day packing up and leaving Texas Leadership Charter Academy without a job.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - Gabrielle Paulo spent her Valentine's Day packing up and leaving Texas Leadership Charter Academy without a job.

"It was me and my kids everyday. Day in, day out. And so, not seeing them again and probably not being allowed to see them again, is devastating," Paulo said.

According to Paulo, she was fired unfairly. She says bullying from a fellow teacher started the problems.

Paulo's husband, a maintenance manger at the school, was also fired Friday.

"It came completely by surprise 'cause he had not done anything to his knowledge that would warrant him being terminated."

Paulo's says the school's reason was due to him clocking in late twice.

For her, she says school officials say it was for refusing a child health care after a student was picking a scab on his elbow.

The school also released a list further reasoning her termination.

"I asked three weeks ago before I was terminated if the principal wanted to meet with me about anything. She said no, everything was going fine and she told me I was becoming a great teacher. She came and observed me and the observation said everything was going great."

According to Paulo, everything on the list of termination reasons can be traced back to a coworker who Paulo says bullied her.

Paulo says she contacted the school's superintendent to discuss challenges on the school campus

But Paulo says she was told to discuss them with the school principle.

Paulo says she feels the principal is biased due to her close relationship with the teacher who bullied her.

"She never sat me down and told me before I was fired that there were things wrong that I was doing."

According to Paulo, the situation puts her and her husband in a tight spot having to raise their one-year-old daughter without a source of income.

We reached out to the school who declined an interview but, the superintendent released a statement saying:

"Two employees were terminated today from Texas Leadership of Midland. Regardless of what may have been indicated to you, I assure you it was not unjustified. As a pubic charter school and as an at-will employer, Texas Leadership believes this was necessary with regard to the best interests of our students and school."


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