The president of a conservative California high school club said he was amazed that a teacher told the group to “jump off a bridge.”
CALIFORNIA TEACHER TOLD CONSERVATIVE STUDENTS TO “JUMP OFF A BRIDGE”
“Many of us were shocked that a government employee paid by taxpayer money told students to hurt themselves on social media,” the president of the conservative Paso club told Fox News exclusively. Robles, Hunter Breese, 16. “It was a public statement. A lot of us were in shock.”
The Paso Robles high school student said the group would like to have a conversation with Bauer Speck elementary school teacher Kristin Usilton, who has come under fire after posting the rant to her. Instagram deleted since Account.
Usilton, 38, took a short video of the November 10 club rally to honor veterans in the school parking lot, which featured military and US flags. A student was waving an “F– Joe Biden” flag. The teacher quickly posted the images to Instagram with the video statement, “The conservative Paso Robles club for high school, you can go jump off a bridge.”
âShe really needs to be reprimanded,â said the elder. “We would accept an apology but a public apology, and we would be ready to sit down and talk to her and tell her where we are from and see where she is from.”
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Breese said the only anti-Biden flag at the rally was inappropriate and after a school administrator approached the group about it, it was removed.
“The flag was not raised for more than five minutes,” he said.
The controversy began after the teacher posted on Instagram the video of her berating the students, which appeared to have been filmed in a classroom. “I’m going to post what they thought was a great show of support for the veterans, who I’m pretty sure would be absolutely offended by what they did on the school campus,” he said. she said, before sharing the clip from the rally featuring the secular flag.
A firestorm erupted in the wake of the post, and Usilton sent another video message to his Instagram later that day.
âWhen I said ‘go jump off a bridge’ I just wanted to leave, and I won’t use that term again because of the incredible flow of messages I have received about it,â he said. she declared. “But if that’s what you focused on in this post, you’re sort of part of the problem.”
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Paso Robles Unified School District superintendent Curt Dubost said two investigations had been launched: one on the teacher’s Instagram posts and another on the student waving the anti-Biden flag, according to the Paso Robles Press. Dubost called the profane flag and the teacher’s response “inappropriate”.
“Veterans Day should be a day of patriotism and honorary service, not yet another politically divisive controversy,” Dubost said in a statement to the local newspaper.
“Children must be able to have freedom of expression,” said Breese’s mother, Heather Breese. “I don’t think it was fair for a teacher to storm like she did and attack the students.”
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Dubost did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Usilton was not immediately reachable.