Teacher Fired After Legal Battle Over Her 20-Year Absence, Says ‘Sorry, But Right Now I’m At The Beach’

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A teacher in Italy was terminated from the job after a judge found that she did not work for 20 years out of the 24 years she was employed, Business Insider reported. 

Cinzia Paolina De Lio, a history and philosophy teacher in Venice, Italy, was officially fired last week. According to the outlet the educator showed up to work seldomly and was presumed unprepared every time she came. 

“During the scarce periods when she was teaching, she was distracted by her phone, borrowed textbooks from students — who seemingly received grades at random — and her lessons generally seemed improvised and ‘confused,’”

the court ruling declared, per The Times. 

The Italian Supreme Court of Cassation found that De Lio went on a 20-year hiatus from her job and ruled in the school’s favor to terminate her. The judge called her lengthy absences a

“permanent and absolute ineptitude.” 

De Lio, unhappy with the ruling, said she would

“reconstruct the truth”

with evidence to prove her side of the story. However, when the moment came time to expand on her defense, De Lio told Italy’s Repubblica newspaper,

“Sorry, but right now I’m at the beach,”

per the BBC. 

The country’s education ministry later said it would

“increasingly strive to ensure that the activity of teaching is carried out with adequate professionalism,”

per the BBC.

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