Teachers Suspended For Mocking Student Protesters

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“Six high school employees in a predominantly Latino district in Southern California were placed on administrative leave after they posted social-media comments insulting students who skipped classes to participate in the “Day Without Immigrants” protest.

The employees — five teachers and one guidance coordinator — said classes were quieter and grades higher with the students gone. Words such as “lazy,” “drunk” and “failing” were used to describe those who were absent.

Many immigrants across the country went on strike Thursday to protest President Trump’s immigration policies and to bring attention to their importance to the economy. The protest, which began through a social-media campaign, urged immigrants to not spend money and to not attend work or school for the day. The impact was felt mostly in the restaurant industry, where immigrants make up nearly 23 percent of the national workforce, The Washington Post’s Perry Stein reported.

The employees who wrote the social media comments all work at Rubidoux High School in Jurupa Unified School District, where more than 80 percent of students are Hispanic or Latino. Nearly 70 percent of the residents of Jurupa Valley, a city more than 40 miles outside downtown Los Angeles, are Hispanic or Latino.

The comments have since been deleted, but images of the posts are still circulating online.

The images show that the Facebook conversation about the students appears to have been started by social science teacher Geoffrey Greer, who wrote that his class size was cut by half on Thursday — “best school day ever.” He said the reduction in class size “only served to SUPPORT Trump’s initiatives and prove how much better things might be without all this overcrowding.”

“That’s what you get when you jump on some sort of bandwagon cause as an excuse to be lazy and/or get drunk,” Greer wrote.

Another image showed that Robin Riggle, an art teacher, replied by saying she had 50 absences, and that Thursday “was a very pleasant day.””*

Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2017/02/19/these-california-teachers-mocked-students-for-skipping-school-on-immigrant-boycott-day/?utm_term=.b582052347ff

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