A few parents have held a small rally in support of a California high school teacher who dared parents to ‘come at me’ if they had a problem with the way she was running her virtual lessons.
Alissa Piro, a 39-year-old teacher at San Marcos High School, was suspended earlier this week after she was captured ranting at students in a video that was later posted to a private Facebook group, and shared on Twitter by an activist group calling for the full reopening of California schools.
Piro was complaining about a plan to go back to in-person learning that has been driven by parents’ suing school boards across the state. She suggested the parents didn’t know what they were talking about.
A flyer for the pro-Piro rally that was seen by Fox News called on parents to rally in protest of ‘inaction from admin when it comes to racism on campus at SMHS & show support for Mrs. Piro’ but photos posted online showed only about three people showed up.
Supporters at Saturday’s rally claim that she was ‘wrongfully depicted’ in the video (pictured)
Supporters at the rally claim that she was ‘wrongfully depicted’ in the video.
They argued distance learning had been hard on students, teachers and parents alike.
‘If your parent wants to talk to me about their profession and their opinion on their profession, I would love to hear that,’ Piro says in the original video. ‘However, if your parent wants to come talk to me about how I’m not doing a good enough job in distance learning based on what you need as an individual? Just dare them to come at me because I am so sick to my stomach of parents trying to tell educators how to do their job.’
She went on to likened her expertise to that of a doctor.
Piro was suspended after she was filmed ‘going off’ at students in a Zoom call
‘I have never once gone to a doctor’s appointment and tried to tell me medical health provider how to treat me,’ she said. ‘You know why? ‘Cause I know nothing about that.’
On Monday night, the San Marcos Unified School District where Piro had worked since 2016 announced that she had been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation.
School principal Adam Dawson agreed Piro’s behavior was ‘inexcusable’ and vowed to address it but critics of the teacher berrated him ‘Do Nothing Dawson’ claiming nothing was done to reprimand the teacher until the video which was filmed in the fall went viral last week.
Dawson wrote to students and parents to express his disappointment over the nature of the conflict.
‘The videos do not represent us as a school community,’ he wrote. ‘We are a No Place for Hate school site that will not stop working for equity, inclusion, and safety for ALL of our students,’ he wrote.
On Wednesday, the school district said school officials were ‘deeply concerned’ about Piro’s behavior.
‘We are deeply concerned about the recent videos that have surfaced regarding one of our employees,’ she said. ‘This is a matter that we take very seriously and it is receiving our highest scrutiny,’ said Tiffany Campbell, the district’s interim superintendent.
Student Jace Jonas, right, revealed how he was yelled at by the teacher in an outburst which saw him being called a ‘moron’.
Jace Jonas, student of Piro’s, explained how he had written in a Zoom chat box after hearing the school had created an Asian student union. He asked why there wasn’t a white union. Piro called him a ‘moron’ for asking the question
On Monday evening one of Piro’s students who had been yelled at by the teacher revealed the circumstances behind the outburst which saw him being called a ‘moron’.
Jace Jonas, told Fox News explained how he had written in a Zoom chat box after hearing the school had created an Asian student union.
‘I wanted to make a comment in the Zoom text box, not disrupting the class. I commented ‘Why do some races get student unions but others do not?’ We should have a student union for all races or no races for true equality,’ he explained.
Piro became frustrated with the question and halted her lesson.
‘Goddammnit!’ she yelled in front of the student online.
‘You don’t need a white student union, Jace. You get everything,’ Piro…