A Southern California high school teacher whose “come at me” online rant was recorded and published is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.
In a statement to Fox News, San Marcos High School officials said they are “deeply concerned” about the teacher’s behavior but will support her “due process and privacy rights” during the probe.
The video that caused the controversy shows the teacher “going off on students and their parents over distance learning and other issues,” according to the Reopen California Schools advocacy group that posted it.
Newly released video of a @SanMarcosUSD HS teacher going off on students and their parents over distance learning and other issues. Originally posted to FB. Apparently this is a common occurrence. pic.twitter.com/pjEN80kLNh
— Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) April 12, 2021
In the wake of the video’s release, additional concerns about the educator, English teacher Alissa Piro, have emerged. Fox News reports on what transpired just before the recorded outburst, according to the student who she names in the video:
The San Marcos student, identified as Jace Jonas, told Fox News on Monday that Piro’s outburst was prompted by a question he wrote in the Zoom chat box after the school announced the creation of an Asian student union.
“I wanted to make a comment in the Zoom text box, not disrupting the class. I commented ‘why do some races get student unions but others do not?’ We should have a student union for all races or no races for true equality,” he explained.
Piro, visibly frustrated with Jace, paused her lesson before shouting “Goddammnit” in front of the student and his peers, he recalled.
“She started berating me about how as a White male I get everything and it’s my duty to look out for minorities and all these racist remarks against Whites and males. She later called me a moron.”
The exchange created a wedge between students, some of whom sent Jace hate-filled messages over his remark.
Fox News interviewed other parents who expressed concerns with Piro’s teaching methods. She has not responded to the news network’s repeated requests for comment.
Read the full Fox News piece here.
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