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A California elementary school teacher told a group of conservative high school students to “go jump off a bridge” for the crime of waving a profane anti-Biden flag during a Veterans Day demonstration at their school.
“The Paso Robles Conservative club for the high school, you can go jump off a bridge. I’m going to post what they thought was a great show of support for the veterans, who I’m pretty sure would be absolutely offended by what they did on school campus,” the teacher brazenly said in a video posted to her since-deleted Instagram account.
The video by Glen Speck Elementary School teacher Kristin Usilton, 38, quickly went viral, provoking outrage, according to the Paso Robles Press.
This prompted her to publish a second video slamming those who were complaining about her words, claiming they’re “kind of part of the problem.”
“When I said ‘go jump off a bridge, I just meant go away, and I will not use that term again because of the incredible influx of messages I got about that. But if that’s what you focused on in that message, you’re kind of part of the problem,” she said.
Below is a copy of the first video:
The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District responded with a statement Wednesday that targeted both Usilton and the students she’d targeted.
“Last Wednesday, a student effort to honor VeteransDay was disrupted by a very poor choice to include a profane flag. This both detracted from the intended purpose of the demonstration and led to considerable disruption, including some postings and exchanges on social media that were completely inappropriate. The objectionable flag was up for a very limited amount of time, however, we in no way condone nor excuse this misguided action. Students will be appropriately disciplined in accordance with District policies,” the statement read.
“Later that day, a District employee posted comments on social media regarding this event which were inappropriate, and the District is responding accordingly through the Human Resource office. The District will make it clear to all employees that as an employee of PRJUSD, social media is not the appropriate venue for criticism of our students and families and that we must conduct ourselves in a professional manner. The community is entrusting their children to our schools and employees. With this stated, we want to emphasize that the District does not tolerate threats on our employees or students, nor do we condone cyber-bullying,” it continued.
PRJUSD RESPONDS TO INCIDENTS OF NOVEMBER 10, 2021
[Paso Robles, CA, November 17, 2021] Last Wednesday, a student effort…
Posted by Paso Robles Schools on Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Both the teacher and the students are now reportedly under investigation.
In an exclusive statement to Fox News, Paso Robles Conservative Club president Hunter Breese admitted that the anti-Biden flag was inappropriate but stressed that it “wasn’t up for more than five minutes” because the group promptly removed it when school staff complained.
He added that he and his peers never expected the hateful response from Usilton.
“A lot of us were just shocked that a government employee paid by tax dollar money would tell students to harm themselves on social media. It was a public statement. A lot of us were in utter shock. She definitely needs to be reprimanded,” he said.
“We would accept an apology but a public apology, and we’d be willing to sit down and talk to her and tell her where we’re coming from and see where she’s coming from,” the high school senior added.
Indeed, it remains very unclear what she’d meant about others being “kind of part of the problem.” Are they part of the problem because they didn’t react as hatefully to kids dissing the president of the United States? Or are they part of the problem for complaining about her telling children to essentially commit suicide?
Critics have seized on her comments — in addition to screenshots of her social media accounts, all of which have apparently been deleted — to slam what they say is her typical liberal hypocrisy:
‘Spread love’ how ironic pic.twitter.com/1etoQJVhwk
— Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) November 18, 2021
Always the most tolerant people
— Doc Defense (@DocDefense) November 18, 2021
“tolerant” and “inclusive”
— Luis Berrios (@Bigdude0444) November 18, 2021
They always claim to be all about love and caring about everyone. Equality. But only if you agree with every single thing they say. Otherwise, you don’t deserve to be equal.
— Ms. Me (@real_mrsjonsnow) November 19, 2021
Why is it every single time the “dogooders” and “kindness and love” lot that are actually the ones spreading the hate
— Ben (@SkullFellOut) November 19, 2021
On Facebook, the majority of those comments on the school district’s page have been critical of the teacher.
“Encouraging student suicide by a teacher just because they have a different opinion is uncalled for. Kids are struggling with so many issues right now, even if they were wrong in what they did, we need to lift them up, not wish for their demise,” one comment reads.
“Is this teacher, Kristin Usilton, fired yet? She instigated violence and death to high school students. Has her teaching license been suspended!??!?” another one likewise reads.
Meanwhile, one commenter suggested that if the kids’ profanity is the issue causing problems, then he may have the perfect solution:
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