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Iowa Teacher Placed On Leave After ‘Sniper’ Comment About Greta Thunberg Visit

A highschool instructor in Iowa has been positioned on administrative depart after he posted a threatening touch upon Facebook Thursday in response to a information story in regards to the native go to of 16-year-old local weather activist Greta Thunberg.

Waterloo West High School science instructor Matt Baish posted “don’t have my sniper rifle” subsequent to a narrative in regards to the Swedish scholar’s journey to Iowa City Friday, The Des Moines Register reported.

Others responding to Baish had been horrified by his remark. Screenshots of his comment, which was later deleted, had been posted on the Waterloo Community School District Facebook web page, in keeping with the newspaper.


Parents emphasised to an area information station that Baish made the threatening remark a few youngster the identical age as college students he teaches. That means college students can enter a classroom “where they don’t feel safe, where they don’t feel they can share their opinion, where they don’t feel respected” mentioned one mom (see the video above). “We as parents have to stand up against that.”

Parents, academics and college students at Waterloo West High School obtained an electronic mail from Waterloo Community School District officers Friday about Baish being positioned on administrative depart.

“We are aware of a social media situation involving one of our employees,” the assertion mentioned. “The nature of the content shared rose to the level of putting this employee on administrative leave pending an investigation. We appreciate your patience as we sort through the details and thank you for respecting the process.”

A police spokesman advised the Des Moines Register that legislation enforcement can also be investigating Baish.

Baish couldn’t be reached for remark.

Waterloo Schools’ social media insurance policies warn employees to “think twice before posting” and advise to not put up or approve feedback that embrace “threats of physical or bodily harm.” 

Thunberg joined greater than 3,000 activists at a “climate strike” Friday in Iowa City. Demonstrators demanded that the University of Iowa and the town conform to a local weather accord which requires each entities to attain 100% renewable power by 2030 — and calls for the college to stop burning coal at its energy plant.

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