Last Updated on May 14, 2021
A teacher at a school in Poynette, Wisconsin, has been placed on administrative leave, after a video of her berating a student for not wearing a mask at lunch went viral.
The video, which was initially posted to TikTok, shows the female teacher addressing the student who is sat down eating his lunch without a mask on in the classroom. “I don’t care if you’re vaccinated, you little dink,” the teacher said, berating the student. “I don’t want to get sick and die. There’s other people you can infect just because you’re vaccinated. You know what? You’re not a special person around here.”
“You should hear about how everyone talks about you around here,” the teacher continued in the video, which was initially posted to TikTok and then to Twitter. “You’re a jerk. You’re a jerk. And you need to have respect for other people in your life. You’re not a big man on campus, quit walking around here like you have a stick up your butt.”
In a second video, the teacher, who by attacking the student ignored current CDC guidelines that people who have been vaccinated do not need to wear a mask, claimed that people are “only pretending” to like the student. “In a few years, look at me, and then you’ll be like, oh hey, I was wrong about him,” the student replied.
“In a few years, I know exactly where you’re gonna be, because people with your attitude don’t get very far,” the teacher shouted back. “You treat people like crap, and people who treat people like crap don’t get very far.” The teacher claimed the student was “one of the most disrespectful kids I’ve ever seen grace the halls of this high school.”
Following the incident, Poynette District Administrator Matt Shappell said in an announcement on Facebook that they were “aware” of the video, which was filmed on Tuesday, and that the District “is initiating an investigation and the teacher involved has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.” He added that they contacted the parents of the student, and are “taking steps to provide the appropriate support for the student involved.”