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Ex-wrestler-turned-assistant principal plagiarized
masters project, suit claims


By Elizabeth Rosner and Selim Algar
January 8, 2020 | 3:14pm

A former professional wrestler-turned-city assistant
principal plagiarized a teachers masters degree project
while trying to clothesline her career, according to a
Manhattan federal lawsuit.

Carmel Macklin, who had a stint as a dancer and grappler as
a Nitro Girl with World Championship Wrestling, targeted
teacher Brendamarie Alexander, 54, because of her age, her
case alleges.

In addition to her ring career, Macklin has appeared as an
actress in several films including 2010s Bronx Paradise
and 2003s Love and Orgasms.

Alexander, who began with the DOE in 2001, said she wrote a
student and teacher guidebook for her school, the Eagle
Academy for Young Men in Queens, as part of her masters
project and later presented it to Macklin.

But instead of crediting Alexander, Macklin redistributed
the handbook and presented it as their own, making no
changes except to rearrange some sections, according to the
suit.

Alexander said Macklin blew her off when she complained.
Plaintiff contacted Macklin to discuss the situation, the
suit states. Defendant Macklin did not respond at all.

Alexander said she was targeted for termination by school
administrators to make way for younger teachers. They did
everything they could to make her life miserable, said her
attorney, Joshua Parkhurst.

The suit states that Macklin and principal Cedric Hall
oversubscribed her classes on purpose filling some of
them with as many as 40 students to make them unmanageable.

In September 2017, Alexander said she and several other
teachers intervened in a student fight. But Alexander said
she was brought up on corporal punishment charges in an
attempt to force her out the only teacher to face
discipline over the incident.

Rather than commend plaintiff for de-escalating a violent
and dangerous situation, defendants attempted to fire
plaintiff by claiming her restraint of the violent student
amounted to corporal punishment, the suit states.

The charges were dismissed by hearing officer Lisa Charles
after a July 2018 hearing, according to the suit.

Alexander was placed in a rubber room pending that hearing
and said Hall and Macklin blocked her attempts to get
reassigned to a new school even after the rap was dropped,
her suit alleges.

She finally landed a new gig at John Adams High School in
Queens in September 2018 but said the harassment followed
her there, the suit states.

Administrators gave her minimal duties, asked teachers to
record her and engaged in questionable behavior to force her
out, according to court papers.

Parkhurst said Alexander was hit with a range of new charges
after she filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal
Employment Opportunity Commission and her federal suit.

These included stealing a parking pass, along with another
corporal punishment rap and a discrimination allegation.

Parkhurst said the new cases were baseless and
retaliatory attempts to finally get rid of his client
after she filed her legal complaints.

These included stealing a parking pass, along with another
corporal punishment rap and a discrimination allegation.
Parkhurst said the new cases were baseless and
retaliatory attempts to finally get rid of his client
after she filed her legal complaints.

A teacher at the all boys school said Macklin is a popular
administrator with a good reputation.

The teacher also praised Alexander and regretted her exit
from the school.

She was involved with the students, going on trips with
them, they said. They [students] all loved her, she was a
great art teacher.

Alexander, who had taken a leave of absence from the DOE, is
suing Macklin, Hall and the department for civil rights
violations. City lawyers have denied her claims and filed a
motion to dismiss the suit.

The DOE said it would review the suit.









































































































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