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First-year Jefferson County School District teacher gets angry at Open Oregon event

A Jefferson County School District-509-J teacher has been placed on leave after verbally lashing out at against a group of anti-lookdown protesters in Bend this past weekend.

"We are aware of the situation. We've seen the video, and we're investigating it. At this time, the teacher has been placed on leave. That's really all I can share right now," said district Superintendent Ken Parshall, citing personnel rules and confidentiality.

He noted that the woman is a first-year teacher for the school district.

The teacher's outburst was recorded on a video and has gone viral on social media, surpassing 2 million views on Monday afternoon.

In the 55-second video, the woman screams profanity at sign-holding demonstrators in downtown Bend and gives the middle finger. She screams that she works in schools.

"I'm a teacher," she screamed. "My students' families are dying."

Protests against various "freezes" and shutdowns that nearly all governors across the United States have established in some form have been common throughout the nation since the measures to curtail the virus began last spring. Two such events have occurred in Madras over the past three weeks following Gov. Kate Brown's shutdown order in late November. The most recent protest in Madras was Saturday. While the protests have support from those who contend that COVID protection goes too far and that their economic and social effects outweigh the community health benefits, the protests have also inspired the ire of those who believe the shudowns are vital and that laisifaire COVID concerns put our communities unnecessarily at risk.

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