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‘Go Jump Off A Bridge’: CA Teacher Sneers At High School Conservative Students After Anti-Biden Sign
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After an apparent student from a conservative club at a California high school waved an anti-Biden flag emblazoned “F*** Joe Biden” during a pre-Veterans Day rally, an elementary school teacher in the same school district posted an Instagram message telling the entire club they could “go jump off a bridge.”

Kristin Usilton, 38, a teacher at Glen Speck Elementary School in Paso Robles, California, posted the video of the students from what appeared to be a classroom, saying, according to the Paso Robles Press:

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. And had the LGBTQ population don’t that or the black or the Hispanic community members, we would have had our a– chewed out. Look at what they did today.

Usilton later posted another video in which she attempted to clarify what she had said, but still asserted that anyone who took umbrage at her initial comments was “kind of part of the problem.” She stated, “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. If that’s what you focused on in that message, you’re kind of part of the problem.”

School district superintendent Curt Dubost of the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District released a statement saying:

Last Wednesday, a student effort to honor Veterans Day 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.

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. …

The district will expand its efforts to hold joint activities which promote tolerance and unity. Veterans Day should be a day for patriotism and honoring service, not yet another politically divisive controversy. We call on the school community to come together as Roblans and Bearcats.

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