A teacher in Oregon, perhaps crossing the line between expressing passion and heading off the rails, was placed on administrative leave Monday following her actions captured on video while she was sitting in her car.
The viral video, which runs 55 seconds, appears to show her screaming and issuing the middle finger in the direction of anti-lockdown protesters in downtown Bend, Oregon.
The video, recorded Sunday, has rolled up more than 3 million views.
The woman was identified in reports as a first-year teacher in the Jefferson County School District, whose county seat, Madras, is just more than two hours east of Portland.
“F— you! I am a teacher! I teach students! My students’ families are dying!” she yelled as some of the surrounding protesters were heard chanting, “USA!”
And at one point, she told protesters to kill themselves.
The school district is investigating the situation while the teacher remains on leave, said Superintendent Ken Parshall. He declined to name the teacher or state which school she worked at.
Oregon is one of only a handful of states requiring at least a partial closure of schools as long as local coronavirus infections remain above certain levels.
Last Friday, the Oregon Health Authority reported 2,100 new cases and 30 deaths from the virus.
Oregon’s case number remains among the lower totals in the U.S.
Also Friday, Gov. Kate Brown said, “The only way to end this pandemic is to continue taking safety precautions until the vaccine is widely administered.”
Oregon reported 1,331 new cases and 12 more deaths on Monday and, as of early Tuesday, had 1,045 COVID-19 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.