A teacher who claims she was fired from Hunterdon Central Regional High School because of her race and religion is suing the district, school board, school officials and Hunterdon County in U.S. District Court in Newark.

Sireen Hashem, an Arab and Palestinian Muslim, claims she was prevented from discussing topics covered by her colleagues and teaching the way her colleagues taught, and was retaliated against for questioning why she was being treated differently.

The suit was filed Monday in federal District Court in Newark. It cites Hunterdon County, the Hunterdon Central Regional Board of Education, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Superintendent Christina Steffner, Principal Suzanne Cooley, and two teachers who supervised her, Robert Zywicki and Rebecca Lucas.

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