A California schoolteacher is under fire after she shared a highly controversial video in which she allegedly told students who are part of a conservative group in the district to “jump off a bridge.”
The teacher, identified as Kristin Usilton of Bauer Speck Elementary School in Paso Robles, was reportedly offended by an anti-Biden flag, according to a report from the Paso Robles Press.
What are the details?
In one of the videos, which Fox News said were posted to her now-defunct Instagram page, Usilton reportedly ranted over conservative students.
The teacher said, “Of the justice of all the neglected Hispanic population on the west side still fighting just for their right to have an equal education. And if you think that I’m going to stop fighting, you got another thing coming,” the Press reported.
She added, “The Paso Robles Conservative Club for the high school, you can go jump off a bridge. 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 school campus. And had the LGBTQ population done that, that or the black or the Hispanic community members, we would have had our ass chewed out. Look at what they did today.”
Usilton then reportedly showed videos from a district high school parking lot, which featured students waving American flags, military flags, and at least one “F*** Biden” flag.
Usilton later in the day shared a second video in which she clarified her first video and said, “When I said ‘Go jump off a bridge,’ I just meant ‘Go away,’ and I will not use that term again because of the incredible influx of messages I got about that. But if that’s what you focused on in that message, you’re kind of part of the problem.”
According to Superintendent Curt Dubost, two investigations have begun surrounding the incident — one involving Usilton’s remarks and one for the appearance of the anti-Biden flag on campus.
Dubost in a statement on the matter said, “Last Wednesday, a student effort to honor Veterans Day was disrupted by a very poor choice to include a profane flag. This both detracted from the intended purpose of the demonstration and led to considerable disruption, including some postings and exchanges on social media that were completely inappropriate. The objectionable flag was up for a very limited amount of time; however, we in no way condone nor excuse this misguided action. Students will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with District policies.”
Dubost’s statement continued, “Later that day, a District employee posted comments on social media regarding this event which were inappropriate, and the District is responding accordingly through the Human Resource office. The District will make it clear to all employees that as an employee of PRJUSD, social media is not the appropriate venue for criticism of our students and families and that we must conduct ourselves in a professional manner. The community is entrusting their children to our schools and employees. With this stated, we want to emphasize that the District does not tolerate threats on our employees or students, nor do we condone cyber-bullying.”
He concluded, “The District will expand its efforts to hold joint activities which promote tolerance and unity. Veterans Day should be a day for patriotism and honoring service, not yet another politically divisive controversy. We call on the school community to come together as Roblans and Bearcats.”