Ex-teacher loses appeal for making fun of student's name

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WAYNE, N.J. (AP) — State education officials have upheld suspending the license of a former New Jersey teacher after she mocked a student's name on Facebook.

Yvette Nicholas had agreed that ridiculing the student's name was immature and based on the fact that a syllable of the name sounded like a common expletive.

The name was not disclosed.

But Nichols challenged suspending her teaching license for a year after she had resigned from her tenured job at Pine Lakes Elementary School in Wayne.

Nichols admitted posting comments on her Facebook page ridiculing the student's name, such as, "I want to ask the parents if I can change it."

The school district determined she had violated the district's harassment, intimidation and bullying policy. The teacher denied bullying the boy.

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