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Parents call for Pennsylvania high school teacher to be fired by putting mask on student’s face

Furious parents demand that a Pennsylvania high school teacher be fired after she was photographed putting a mask on a student’s face.

On Monday, a Facebook group called “North Penn Stronger Together” shared a photo of a teacher at Pennfield Middle School in Hatfield putting a mask on a male student’s face. The age or grade of the student is unknown.

Explaining what was going on in the photo, one parent noted that the teacher had put masking tape on the child’s face without asking permission, leaving him “mortified” and causing him to spend the rest of the day was ridiculed.

Outraged parents in the comment section demanded the North Penn School District to respond, even calling on the district to fire the teacher in the photo. The teacher has not been publicly identified.

“Pro-mask or anti-mask, I hope we can all agree that putting masks on children’s faces crosses the LINE. This was no joke for the child or the parents’ after said.

The district released a statement Wednesday in response to the post, which has garnered more than 500 comments and nearly 300 shares in the past week, calling the teacher’s actions “unacceptable.”

On Thursday, the mother of the child in the photo, who chose to remain anonymous, said the national attention the photo has received is “like a scene from my worst nightmare” and that she only intended to share the photo with the local private group prior to an upcoming board meeting.

A Facebook group called 'North Penn Stronger Together' shared a photo of a teacher at Pennfield Middle School putting a mask on a male student's face

A Facebook group called ‘North Penn Stronger Together’ shared a photo of a teacher at Pennfield Middle School putting a mask on a male student’s face

1642781684 759 Parents call for Pennsylvania high school teacher to be fired

1642781684 759 Parents call for Pennsylvania high school teacher to be fired

The North Penn School District responded to the post, which has garnered more than 500 comments in the past week, calling the teacher’s actions “unacceptable”

The district said in a rack: “A photo taken in one of our classrooms last week that has been circulating on social media does not represent the universal values ​​that the North Penn School District is trying to instill in our students and employees alike.

“After an immediate investigation, it was determined that while the incident was isolated and there was no malicious intent, the teacher’s actions were completely inappropriate and unacceptable, regardless of the context.”

The district added that “the matter is serious and is being discussed with the employee,” but did not comment on whether the teacher would take disciplinary action.

“Some individuals have felt compelled to take matters into their own hands, including contacting local authorities and spreading this image of my son to various media outlets,” the mother said exclusively. NorthPennNow.com, who said it was investigating her identity.

She said she never gave anyone permission to share the photo and while she understands the parents’ good intentions, the situation has “evolved into exactly what I wanted to avoid.”

“If I had any idea that this would evolve to such a level, I would never have allowed it to be shared with that private group,” she said.

Classrooms across America are struggling to keep up with face-to-face learning due to COVID outbreaks and mask mandates, with many school districts now requiring students and teachers to wear N95 or KN95 masks. Some districts are even going back to distance learning.

Child masking has become a hot-button issue in recent months. Vaccines are only available to children five years and older, and many states encourage children under that age to wear the face covering, even though they are at very low risk of serious or fatal COVID infection.

The recent spike in COVID cases has led to short staffing levels at schools across the country, prompting New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, members of the National Guard and state officials to volunteer to provide qualified substitute teachers. or become childcare workers to maintain schools and daytime activities. care centers open.

The desperate search for replacement teachers comes as the latest wave of Omicron has left many Americans out of work.

The Washington Post reported that between Dec. 29 and Jan. 10, about 8.8 million workers reported not working because they were sick with the coronavirus or caring for someone who was, according to Census Bureau data.

That figure is nearly triple the level seen in the first two weeks of December, before Omicron cases began to peak and were also the highest number since the Census Bureau began tracking in April 2020.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in the UK this week that high school students will no longer be required to wear masks in classrooms. The obligation to wear masks in corridors and other communal areas will expire on January 27.

Parents expressed anger at the incident, which took place at Pennfield Middle School, (pictured) and called for the teacher's resignation

Parents expressed anger at the incident, which took place at Pennfield Middle School, (pictured) and called for the teacher's resignation

Parents expressed anger at the incident, which took place at Pennfield Middle School, (pictured) and called for the teacher’s resignation

The incident comes on the heels of a California Christian kindergarten teacher who was banned from ever working with children again after she “failed to encourage” two-year-olds to wear face masks in class.

Tiffany McHugh, the principal of Foothills Christian Church Preschool in San Diego, had her driver’s license revoked after the Department of Social Services closed the kindergarten because McHugh was unable to get students to keep their masks on.

“We ran into a lot of parents who didn’t want their kids masked so young,” McHugh told CBS 8.

“There were a lot of kids who were just too young to wear masks, they turned them off. It is really difficult.’

Social services began visiting the school in September after a complaint from parents about the mask policy. In November, the school was cleared of the violation, but a few weeks later the department returned for a routine check and found that students were no longer wearing masks.

The department cited the kindergarten’s failure to ensure that employees wear masks, and that they “failed to encourage” students to do so.

It is also alleged that McHugh stopped state workers from inspecting the building to give workers and students time to put on masks.

The department claimed the school failed to “regularly and often encourage and encourage students aged two and above to wear face coverings at all times.”

In addition, the department has taken her driver’s license forever and she is no longer allowed to work with children.

Across the pond in the UK, schools are in open revolt against the government over masks after more than 100 school principals warned parents that children must continue to wear face coverings in classrooms.

Union bosses have accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of breaching his ‘duty of care’ to teachers after he announced an easing of COVID restrictions, from work-at-home counseling to face coverings and COVID isolation, as the Omicron wave subsides.

Schools defy government anti-mask guidelines and tell parents that students must continue to wear face coverings.

And now it has emerged that ministers will not stop schools from forcing children to wear face coverings.

School principals across the UK say they are grappling with staff shortages or high rates of COVID in the local community, and claim masks in classrooms will stop the spread of the virus.

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