More than two weeks later, Patricia Corbino remains suspended with pay while the Wake County school system continues to investigate a complaint about her telling her students not to wear rosaries in class.
As noted in today's article, it's uncertain why the investigation is taking so long and when a resolution will be reached. In the meantime, other teachers at Leesville Road Middle School are continuing to help make sure that Corbino's sixth-grade science students don't fall behind.
One of the issues that's been raised is whether Corbino, who is Catholic, should have made the request to her students.
Corbino should have become religiously neutral once she stepped into the classroom and took on the role of a government official, according to Chris Brook, legal director for the North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“It’s not her job to police the students about the religious symbols they’re wearing in expression of their religious freedom,” said Brook, who added that the ACLU is not involved in the case.
Another thing I've heard, both from online comments and emails to me directly, is the allegation that there's more to this investigation than this one parental complaint. But parents are refusing to go on the record with their complaints.
Wake is saying that this is the first time that the district has suspended Corbino. But school officials say they can't discuss whether Corbino, who was worked in Wake since 2006, has had prior disciplinary action such as being put on a corrective action plan.