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Teacher Suspended for Being Late to School 111 Times

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A New Brunswick, N.J., elementary school teacher was suspended from his position without pay after school officials found he had been late for work 111 times during the past two school years.

According to the New York Daily News Arnold Anderson, a 15-year veteran of Roosevelt Elementary School said he had a good reason.

"I have a bad habit of eating breakfast in the morning and I lost track of time," he told the Huffington Post. "I have to cut out eating breakfast at home."

Roosevelt Elementary School attempted to fire Arnold Anderson, but their efforts were overturned by an arbitrator who cited that his misconduct was entitled to progressive discipline, at least a formal warning or 90 days to correct his behavior.

Anderson, who admitted that he was only one to two minutes late each time, yet was always prepared for his lessons, is suspended without pay until January 1. He was late 46 times in the most recent school year and 65 times in the previous school year, according to the arbitrator.

Grateful that he did not lose his $90,000-a-year job, Anderson promises to be prepared for a big change in his schedule once his suspension is lifted.

"I will be early," he said.

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