Ore. teacher placed on leave for shouting obscenities at anti-lockdown protestors

Ore. teacher placed on leave for shouting obscenities at anti-lockdown protestors
Oregon school teacher flips a double bird at anti-lockdown protesters. (Image: Twitter screen grab)

There are competing mind sets over whether teachers have a responsibility to set a good example both in and outside the classroom. Some school districts have been known to discipline teachers for controversial views expressed on social media.

A teacher in Bend, Ore., tested the limits of her school’s tolerance for public expression this past weekend when she went ballistic at the sight of community members protesting a mask mandate imposed by Gov. Kate Brown. The Bulletin, a local newspaper, reports that the woman, whose name is withheld, was placed on administrative leave after a viral video posted Sunday showed her screaming obscenities and making obscene gestures.

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In the video — which had 1.6 million views on Twitter as of Monday morning — the teacher screamed at the protesters to kill themselves, while sitting inside her car. She also identified herself as a teacher, gave the protesters the middle finger and yelled that her students’ families were dying.

The school district is investigating the situation while the first-year teacher remains on leave, said Superintendent Ken Parshall. He declined to name the teacher or state which school she worked at.

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