A Nebraska schoolteacher was placed on administrative leave after she shared a social media post that likened anti-maskers to the KKK. That’s ridiculous. Anti-maskers tend to be Republicans and the KKK are Democrats. The Elkhorn Public School District announced this week that an unnamed teacher has been placed on leave for that infraction. The caption reads, “Isn’t it strange they can breathe in this” alongside a KKK hood, but not this with an image of a mask.
BREAKING: an @ElkhornPS elementary teacher has been placed on administrative leave after reposting this meme on their Facebook page… Parents tell me seeing this post was infuriating. The teacher tells me it’s not what it seems.
— Marlo Lundak WOWT (@marlolundaktv) August 24, 2021
Multiple parents in the Elkhorn neighborhood of Omaha complained about the teacher. As a result, she or he was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
Parent Ann Mouw said:
“It’s very alarming to know that we have personal views leaking into the district. I believe in any teacher having their own personal beliefs, but when that belief is so strong and comparing our constitutional rights to a hate group, that is not going to be tolerated, it should not be tolerated in any school.”
“I’m literally sick to my stomach. I trusted her unbiased unpolitical opinion. And I loved her — nothing ever made me think that she would have that type of discriminatory behavior.”
The school put out the following statement:
“Elkhorn Public Schools was made aware of the referenced social media post this morning. The teacher has been placed on administrative leave as we investigate this matter. Notably, the stated views were expressed on the individual’s personal social media account and do not represent those of the Elkhorn Public Schools.”
The unidentified teacher said:
“What I’m saying is that Ku Klux Klan members, if they’re anti-maskers, they’re hypocrites.”
“My personal views on politics, masking, those are outside of the classroom. I love my job. My opinions are not part of my job. I do my job, I teach math, I teach literature, I teach critical thinking skills. We don’t talk about politics.”
Elkhorn Public Schools says masks are optional for students and staff, but “strongly recommended.”
In the past week, two other teachers found themselves in hot water over comments and behavior involving the COVID-19 pandemic.
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A middle school teacher in Washington is under investigation for a Facebook post where she wrote that she is “ready to say let them die,” referring to unvaccinated people.