N.J. Teacher Won't Appeal $22G Fine for Personal Call in Class

The attorney for a New Jersey teacher says she won't appeal a $22,000 fine for making a four-minute personal call during class.

The attorney says Asbury Park High School teacher Desley Getty admits she made a mistake.

The 120-day salary forfeiture is based on calendar days and will be deducted from a base salary of about $70,000. That's less than a previous estimate of nearly $50,000.

Court records show the veteran performing arts teacher was covering for another teacher in 2008 when she made the cell-phone call to suspended superintendent Antonio Lewis, WCBS TV reported.

A student recorded two other students dancing while the teacher was on the phone and posted it on YouTube.

The district bans teachers from making personal calls while performing assigned duties.

Asbury Park High School is a four-year public high school headquartered in Asbury Park, N.J.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.