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November 25, 2008

From the Daily News:

Her boy toy may have been a stud, but he was no student.

A Queens teacher fired for bedding a 17-year-old male model is suing to win her job back, saying she had no idea her lover boy was enrolled in high school during their affair.

Gina Salamino, 37, contends her job as a tenured second-grade teacher at Public School 121 should have been spared because Joshua Walter was so busy catwalking he never attended a single class during the 2006-07 school year.

Walter, who is living with Salamino, outside their home. Below, in a Hugo Boss ad.“They have no case,” Salamino angrily told the Daily News. “There is no improper relationship.”

Salamino maintains in Manhattan Supreme Court documents that it’s “complete fiction” and “ludicrous” for the Department of Education to insist the globetrotting runway star was a “student” when he hooked up with the teacher, who was then 34.

“In support of this, she cites the dictionary definition of ‘student’ as ‘one who attends a school,'” court records say.

The affair was hardly short-lived – they live together in Queens and have a child.

A hearing officer in June ordered Salamino to be dismissed after finding her guilty of sexual misconduct – a decision her lawyers want overturned.

“It was irrational and not based on adequate or substantial evidence in the record,” Salamino’s suit says.

A lawyer for Salamino, through a spokesman for the United Federation of Teachers, declined to comment.

Walter, now 19, met Salamino in 2002, when he was 12. He saw her again, records show, at an August 2006 party. That flirty encounter led to dates at the movies, hundreds of phone calls, nights at her Howard Beach apartment and sex.

“I thought it was her nephew or something,” a former neighbor said. “He was young, and he looked like a kid.”

By then, Walter had launched a modeling career that has taken him around the world, landed him gigs with Hugo Boss and H&M – and kept him far from Bryant High School in Long Island City, where he was enrolled while romancing Salamino.

“[Salamino] claims that the…allegation that she engaged in sexual misconduct, merely because Joshua’s name happened to remain on a school roster ‘is ludicrous,'” the hearing officer’s report says.

The lean, mop-haired teen, a star of the Hugo Boss 2008 spring campaign, has modeled in Milan, Paris, at New York’s Fashion Week and been featured in glossy magazines around the world.

In a video posted on YouTube, Walter describes himself as a “regular guy” who wants to “live in today.”

“I like to eat, I like to watch sports, play sports, know what I mean?” he says. “Chill with my girlfriend, know what I mean?”

Schools investigators began looking into the affair in November 2006, records show, after receiving a tip that Salamino had been seen kissing and hugging a much younger male.

More calls followed, including one from an unidentified person who confronted Walter in disgust over the affair, says a school investigator’s report obtained under the state’s Freedom of Information Law.

“‘I’m tapping that a– and there’s nothing you can do about it,'” the teen responded, says the report from Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon.

In a written statement to investigators, Walter said he considered Salamino to be “my shorty.”

Walter’s mom was as defiant as her son when she insisted to school investigators that he was not “romantically involved” with the teacher.

“What difference would it make?” she told probers, the report says. “[Student A] is [redacted] years of age and no longer in school, so it would not be illegal.”

New York State law requires students to remain in school through the school year in which they turn 17.

So Walter had to wait until the end of the 2006-07 school year, when he attended no classes, to be formally discharged as a student, even though he attended only 15 days of school the previous year.

A Department of Education spokeswoman declined to comment.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. November 25, 2008 8:17 pm

    If the kid attended even one class all year, then he by definition is a student. Therefore here argument is without basis. Speaking as someone pursuing a teaching career, her actions were careless and immoral. She doesn’t deserve to educate tomorrow’s minds.

  2. Flipmode permalink
    November 26, 2008 6:46 am

    Why did dude get it on with a nasty 34 year old teacher? he a damn hugo boss model for christs sake, he can get pretty much any chick he wants.

  3. Strawberry permalink
    November 26, 2008 9:18 am

    I know I should be concerned about the whole “teacher dating student” thing……but seriously–What is he doing with her?

  4. Dubb permalink
    November 26, 2008 11:32 pm

    This dude lost!!!

  5. November 27, 2008 12:47 am

    I Think he is a stud and should be allowed to live his life in tha manner he see’s fit. In Fact I find this to be one of the sexiest things I have heard of in a long time. If he breaks up with the Teacher he could call me and I will be his professor.

    • ello permalink
      June 15, 2010 5:34 pm

      dats hella nasty and wrong as hell!

  6. classof88 permalink
    November 27, 2008 1:02 am

    “I’m tapping that ass” lmao

  7. jmwinn permalink
    December 5, 2008 7:07 pm

    That is one twisted looking broad – what the hell was dude thinking? Anyway. Love the site, illseed. Check me out if you get the chance.

  8. April 1, 2010 2:10 pm

    all that really can be said is that it was a consentual relationship that was deemed innapropriate by this young mans parents. I do have some serious problems with a teacher using their authority to obtain sex; but when the minor wasnt even her student i have to say some of you need to get off your high horses all of us had a few bangable teachers. I know i did!



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