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Teacher Fired Over Threat Posed by Abusive Ex-Husband

EL CAJON, Calif. (KTLA) — After 14-years as a teacher at Holy Trinity School, Carie Charlesworth found herself unemployed because of her abusive husband.

School officials told Charlesworth that she was being let go because of the danger her ex-husband posed to the campus.

fired-teacherCharlesworth, 41, said the school principal knew all about her situation as a victim of domestic violence.

“I filed restraining orders. I pressed charges. I testified against him,” Charlesworth told ABC News.

In January, Charlesworth alerted the school that her ex-husband, Martin, had threatened her.

So when a maintenance worker saw Martin driving around campus, the school went on lockdown.

After that, the school sent Carie a letter stating that for the safety of the students, the school could not allow her to continue teaching.

Martin Charlesworth was arrested in January and pleaded guilty to “stalking or making a criminal threat,” according to the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

He was sentenced to four years probation and one year in jail.

The mother-of-two said she is considering filing a lawsuit against the school.