A woman who describe herself as an educator confronted a group of anti-lockdown protesters in a verbal drive-by in Bend, Ore. “F— you, I’m a teacher,” she appears to scream, among other things, as she gave them the bird and then drove off. The video clip of the encounter has gone viral, closing in on 1 million views on Twitter as of this writing. Although her editorial commentary is not completely audible, she may have also pointed at one of the protesters and shouted, “b***h, kill yourself.”
The average American probably wants to go back to work with appropriate safety measures and resume some semblance of normalcy even as COVID-19 cases reportedly seem to be increasing in various areas of the country.
For some reason, however, teachers and their union representatives seem to be very adamant against any reopening for in-person instruction in their sector of the economy. Separately, the stay-at-home Chicago Teachers Union has even illogically claimed, in a now-deleted tweet, that the effort to reopen schools “is rooted in sexism, racism, and misogyny.”
Unlike private-sector workers who have lost jobs or income as business failed or were forced to reduce hours, teachers have continued to collect their full paychecks during the pandemic. Teaching has also increasingly morphed into a left-wing profession, with curricula pushing a divisive, identity-politics agenda.
Perhaps the nationwide emotionalism of the moment — or some people going around the bend, as it were — results from federal and state public health authorities and the media possibly conflating COVID cases with COVID positive test results. Although health is a very serious concern that should never be minimized, individuals in the latter category, especially if they are outside the high-risk cohort, may be asymptomatic or experience only mild symptoms.
In the meantime, both CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield and media star Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, have both said that K-12 schools aren’t super-spreader environments as long as officials implement safety protocols.
The clip posted by Twitter user Shane B. Murphy of the purported teacher experiencing what some have characterized as a meltdown is embedded below:
As you can imagine, the footage prompted other users of the social media platform to weigh-in in a big way. Here is a sample of the responses:
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Wow, this video has really taken off. I just want to mention I thought it was worth sharing because of the absolutely outrageous reaction displayed here.
We sure live in some strange times.
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) December 7, 2020
Haha, Katie’s got it. https://t.co/Do50RiL4rh
— Shane B. Murphy (@shanermurph) December 7, 2020
Its easy to judge others without knowing the context of why they might be angry and emotional. Ever think she might have lost a family member or colleague to covid?
— Lyle The Creator (@LyletheCreator) December 7, 2020
With that yelling and screaming, I’m shocked by her hypocrisy of not wearing her mask. Ignoramus! pic.twitter.com/2PAD9FWCe7
— Vernon Jones (@RepVernonJones) December 7, 2020
I am thinking we need to evaluate every teacher from now on. You know “Teacher” used to mean something. It’s laughable now. They are molding the minds of our children. Clearly they shouldn’t even be allowed around children. What an absolute disgrace.
— MoneyMonroe 🇺🇸 (@MoneyMonroeSays) December 7, 2020
I am a teacher & I speak for many others when I say 1. She is an embarrassment to our profession. 2. She needs to get counseling, medication or both. Her behavior is abnormal. 3. Kids NEED to be in school & educated people understand the data that supports this fact.
— Rochelle Wentz (@rochellewentz) December 7, 2020
They’ve really lowered the bar for teachers, haven’t they? Can’t imagine she’s teaching her students how to think for themselves, make rational arguments or behave with composure and dignity. Sad. Many such cases.
— Alexandra Argentum (@thotless_me) December 7, 2020
We shouldn’t judge too harshly. She is obviously a victim of a mental break brought on by the stress of the lockdown. People do lash out in different ways. Like “Stockholm” she is siding with her captors to try and survive. We should feel sorry for her not mock her.
— stand4whatUbelieve (@Stand4ourFuture) December 7, 2020
Protest wasn’t anti-mask. They were protesting the Governor shutting down certain types of businesses. Bend is a small tourist town. It is getting killed by all this
— MontanaMan65 (@Man65Montana) December 7, 2020
Yet another reason, if you didn’t already have enough reasons, to yank your kid out of public school.
— President Elect RatboneCudgel (@littlesunhead) December 7, 2020
In Oregon, they take their politics very seriously. Anything that deviates from the left is literally shouted down and corrected. What I see is a very angry young woman who is suffering from exhaustion and the backfire effect to the extreme. She needs mental health help.
— Fed Up! (@FedUp48646760) December 7, 2020
As this continues to go viral. She will have new reasons to hate parents night at school.😂😂
— Kardas 🍀 (@Kardas96025663) December 7, 2020
Good thing she’s still getting her steady paycheck (courtesy of the taxpayers she’s flipping off) to make the payments on that cute little Subaru. Public employees are immune from the reality virus.
— Jeff Westbrooks (@westbrooksss) December 7, 2020
I knew she was a teacher before she screeched it. https://t.co/oBsLrkxOG1
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 7, 2020
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