A high school teacher in Fairbanks, Alaska, has reportedly been placed on administrative leave after suggesting to students that George Floyd would still be alive today had he complied with Minneapolis police.
In a video posted to YouTube last week, a teacher identified as “Ms. Gardner” is seen and heard conducting a virtual discussion with students about several high-profile shootings that have occurred in America of late, including police-involved incidents with black Americans.
When the topic of conversation shifted to Floyd, the teacher remarked that former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin “abused his authority” and “was complicit in George Floyd’s death.”
“But,” she added, “if George Floyd had, at the beginning when they got him out of the car and went to put him in the police car, if he had just sidled into the car and slid it in there, and let them put his legs in, he would be alive today, and you know that’s true.” . . .
According to the Daily Mail, after the video surfaced, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District sent a letter to parents that the teacher had been placed on leave pending an investigation. Though officials reportedly did not disclose the teacher’s name, the outlet reported that “only one staffer with the same name: High school special education teacher Connie Gardner.”
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