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Detroit teacher who broke up fight with broom files workers comp claim

July 11, 2014 by  
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A Detroit teacher who made headlines after breaking up a classroom fight with a broom has filed a workers compensation claim and is seeking additional financial compensation from her employer, according to a Thursday report.

Tiffani Eaton is a teacher with the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan, the state’s school turnaround district. A video of Ms. Eaton using a broom to break up a fight between two Pershing High School students, who were reportedly arguing over a designer belt, went viral following the April 30 brawl.

Ms. Eaton and her attorney have been quoted in reports saying the event, which led to her reportedly being fired and then rehired, has caused her stress and has been hard on her family.

According to a Detroit Free Press report published Thursday, Ms. Eaton’s attorney said “mental health care professionals have restricted her from returning to work in that environment because it would exacerbate her acute stress disorder and potential post-traumatic stress disorder.”

A spokesman for the Detroit-based Education Achievement Authority school district told the paper that Ms. Eaton was put on unpaid leave May 29 after receiving a doctor’s note stating she couldn’t return to work until June 2. She was to be re-evaluated June 20, according to the report.

The spokesperson told the Detroit Free Press it sent Ms. Eaton three letters, “the first on May 13, telling her she was being reinstated and would get retroactive pay. He said the second and third letters gave her a June 2 return date. They also laid out how the district was working to assess and improve security.”

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