An American school teacher has been fired after she allegedly asked her nine year old students for dating advice.
Cassandre Fiering, a New York substitute teacher, discussed details of her romantic life in class and asked her students to act out scenarios in which they pretended to be her boyfriend, DNAinfo reported, citing official documents.
According to a report from the Department of Education Special Commissioner of Investigation, Ms Fiering, 45, asked the children to help her choose between two male suitors and complained that the younger man, a mechanic, "didn't return" her calls.
"The kids were saying, 'Oh, we're your counsellor'," she told DNA Info. "They were excited to have me listen to their advice. … They were saying all kinds of things, trying to help me because this guy was being a jerk to me."
The report also alleged that she called them "munchkins", hugged one of her students, tapped another on his shoulder and touched the thighs of two other children.
She also suggested they should dress like "demons" and "toilet paper" her boyfriend's house, according to investigators.
Ms Fiering, who is appealing her dismissal and also works as an actress, insists she did not inappropriately touch the children and the conversation was harmless, adding: "I certainly wasn't talking about sex or anything".