GA-STATEMENT-PETRO-1

Contact: Gloria Allred
(323) 653-6530

This is a modern day witch hunt. They want her out because she was a call girl and a stripper. It was like a Salem witch trial.

They ignored the fact that she was a successful and a well loved teacher and focused instead on her speech in writing outside of her job. The truth appeared to be that they did not like who she used to be. They decided to go after her because before she began teaching she was a call girl.

This is the New York City Department of Education instituting their own version of "don't ask, don't tell" which has been discarded by the military. The message of the moment is "if you tell, you are out". Our message is "everyone has a past and people should be judged for what they do while employed and not for their past sex life".

Gloria Allred
Attorney at Law
Representing Melissa Petro
February 10, 2011