A California teacher is coming under fire today for being caught on video berating students because their parents complained about continued online Zoom learning, wanting to have their kids return to in-person teaching full time.
San Marcos High School teacher Alissa Piro is seen during a Zoom teaching session, railing at the students.
Piro is an English teacher and instead of teaching what she was supposed to be teaching, she was talking — no, screaming — about a lawsuit by parents to push for in-person learning.
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
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“If your parent wants to talk to me about their profession and their opinion on their profession, I would love to hear that…,” she says.
“However, if your parent wants to come talk to me about how I’m not doing a good enough job in distance learning based on what you need as an individual? Just dare them to come at me. Because I am so sick to my stomach of parents trying to tell educators how to do their job.”
She also appears to be yelling at a student about a “white student union.” “You don’t need a White student union, Jake. You get everything,” she yelled.
Right now, the students are only going to in-person learning two days a week, after a year, and the local union voted to keep that for the rest of the school year. So naturally, the parents are steaming mad at this point.
But the teacher should never be talking about that in a class, much less yelling or screaming at the students about it.
This apparently happened some weeks ago and it had been brought to the attention of the school principal but he allegedly did nothing while acknowledging that the teacher’s actions were “inexcusable.”
The mother of one of the students in the class described the teacher as a bully who frequently ranted at the children.
“She’s a bully,” the mother wrote in the “Open SM Schools” private Facebook group. “These rants were so often my child said he “tuned her out” and was just trying to get thru the class…this is exactly what’s wrong with education and if the school district sweeps this then they are just as responsible.”
The mother said she “cried” after the video was sent to her by her child while at work.
“These poor kids have endured so much. I held onto the video for 3 months and hardly told a soul fearing retaliation…I shared it with some of my close friends a few weeks ago when I saw her behavior was continuing this term and I felt awful for not standing up for these kids sooner.”