Teacher Accuses Coworkers of Sprinkling Her With 'Holy Water' Because She's an Atheist

The two teachers have been reassigned to other jobs in Broward County.

ByABC News
May 25, 2010, 1:54 PM

May 25, 2010 — -- Two Florida teachers have been put on desk duty after a fellow teacher accused them of sprinkling "holy water" on her because she's an atheist.

Leslie Rainer and Djuna Robinson, 20-year veterans of the Broward County School District, said a complaint from teacher Schandra Rodriguez led to their being escorted out of the Blanche Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla., in front of their students.

Rodriguez claimed in the complaint that Rainer and Robinson had poured "holy water" over her in front of students who were discussing religion, according to Marsy Smith, a school district spokeswoman.

"The two teachers have been administratively reassigned pending the outcome of the investigation," Smith said "They've been assigned to a different function within the county but away from students."

Smith declined to go into more detail about the incident, citing an ongoing investigation by the Broward County School Board.

But Rainer's and Robinson's attorney, Johnny McCray, said the allegations are puzzling because no liquid of any kind was ever poured on Rodriguez.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Messages left at Rodriguez's Pompano Beach home were not immediately returned. ABC News' Miami affiliate WPLG received no answer when it knocked on her door.

"The allegation that Ms. Robinson threw holy water on anyone is absolutely false," McCray said.