A French teacher from New York has been fired from a $40,000-a-year Manhattan prep school for allowing her 18-year-old students to have a glass of wine during a school trip to France.
Daniele Benatouil was let go from the prestigious Calhoun School on the Upper West Side for letting six girls enjoy the traditional French beverage, despite getting their parents’ permission beforehand.
The rule breaking was discovered when the girls presented a video to their fellow students, which depicted them sipping red wine.
Ms Benatouil, French native who had worked at Calhoun for 13 years, was fired as the glass of wine broke the school’s zero tolerance policy.
Ms Benatouil sued the school for wrongful termination but the school’s decision was upheld by Manhattan State Supreme Court as she had failed to also get permission from the school board, Judge Shlomo Hagler ruled.
The teacher, who now works at a public school nearby, defended her decision, saying a glass of wine with a meal is a vital part of exploring French culture and cuisine, the NY Daily News reported.
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