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A New York City teacher fired over the city’s vaccine mandate spoke out about the mayor’s “one size fits all” approach that removes choice, declaring it not “good for the country.”
Cassey McFadden has over 25 years of experience as a math teacher and came out of retirement to help the strained NYC public school system during the pandemic’s teacher shortage. She was fired Friday when Mayor Eric Adams’ (D) vaccine mandate went into effect.
“The responsibility is clear. We said it, if you’re hired and you get this job you have to be vaccinated. If you are not following the rules, you are making that decision,” Adams said to the press on Friday, foisting the blame for the nearly 4,000 city employees facing termination on “their choice.”
But McFadden sat down with “Fox & Friends First” to tell host Carley Shimkus that those now losing their jobs weren’t given a real option. “My message is, in terms of the vaccine, one size doesn’t fit all,” she stated before pointing out that, “some people do have side effects to this.”
She urged that the mayor “bring back the option of weekly COVID testing for all,” calling that plan a way to unify the city and “bring in more revenue.”
After suggesting how reasonable that solution sounded, Shimkus asked McFadden why she believed that wasn’t the option.
“To be honest with you,” McFadden began, “I think the city of New York is not moving in a very wise direction and they’re treading on really some deep waters because it deals with people’s civil liberties.”
McFadden likened the plight of those opposed to “jab or job” policies instituted by Adams to advocates of “my body, my choice” before pointing out that even the vaccinated can test positive for COVID.
The conversation shifted to movements like the Freedom Convoy in Canada and how everyday workers are feeling bullied and have grown tired of their voices not being heard. Shimkus asked, “Does that message resonate with you?”
“Yes. Most definitely,” McFadden emphatically agreed. “It’s a decree. It’s not even a law,” and they went about it, “in a very mean-spirited manner.”
Taking away the options is why “the people are rising up,” McFadden said before lamenting, “but it’s not going to be good for the country.”
She continued to advocate for policies that would unite people instead of divisive mandates. “Many areas are asking for 72-hour COVID tests and this way we are all being accommodated but most importantly, the safety of the city is ensured and we all come back together as a unified city.”
McFadden continued to question the wisdom of the policy citing her years of experience as something that can’t be readily replaced.
Others supported McFadden’s sentiments and criticized the leadership of Adams.
He’s blaming city workers. Why did NY citizens vote for him?
— Deb fin 11 (@DebbieFinney11) February 11, 2022
“Quitting” = fired for failure to comply with illegal medical mandate.
— The Hope Of Audacity (@GHBrady_28) February 11, 2022
Covid did not exist when I started my job in healthcare 22 years ago. Now I have become a human Guinea pig getting this Unapproved non effective drug or I will lose my job. This is coercion and I will not collect unemployment if I don’t comply.. so? What are my options
— no one (@denise33172338) February 12, 2022
Sorry Mayor Adams but just offering a distinction without a difference doesn’t make your statement position accurate! Nice try…..
— Dave Schildmeyer (@ukats1966) February 11, 2022
The news of McFadden’s firing comes following a failed effort by NYC teachers seeking an emergency appeal to the Supreme Court regarding religious exemptions.
Hey Mayor… pic.twitter.com/3WpKu22IIS
— Chris🇺🇸 (@Seitzer1) February 11, 2022
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