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Maria Waltherr-Willard, 61, who taught Spanish and French at Mariemont High School in Cincinnati from 1976 until 2009, when she was transferred to the district's middle school, is suing the school district where she used to work, accusing its administrators of discriminating against her because of a rare phobia she says she has: a fear of young children. Waltherr-Willard says the seventh- and eighth-graders at the middle school triggered her phobia, and she was forced to retire in the middle of the 2010-2011 school year. (AP Photo/Community Press, Heidi Fallon)