A teacher at Minneapolis Public Schools was placed on leave after allegedly wearing a Donald Trump mask to school on the anniversary of George Floyd’s death, WCCO reported Wednesday.
Minnesota Public Schools told WCCO it was investigating the allegations.
Minneapolis Public Schools says a teacher is on leave after allegedly wearing a Donald Trump mask to school Tuesday, the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. | https://t.co/gVm8SeTJUM
— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) May 26, 2021
“We take these allegations and their impact on students very seriously,” the district said in a statement. “We want to be clear: Every student in our school deserves to be treated with respect and dignity.”
A Minnesota Public Schools spokesperson said in a statement to the Daily Caller that the “matter is under investigation, and due to data privacy laws and wanting to conduct a full and fair investigation, we cannot provide any additional information related to the investigation.”
In response to a question about the school’s protocol regarding political expression and speech, the spokesperson said that as a public entity, the district “does not encourage or support campaigns in our schools.”
”It has always been our guidance and expectation that while we encourage people to vote, MPS staff should not display what their voting will be,” the statement added.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020 after former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Video taken by an onlooker showed the entire incident, and Floyd died shortly after being taken to a hospital. (RELATED: Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of Murder In Death Of George Floyd)
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on April 20 in Floyd’s death. Chauvin is expected to be sentenced June 25.
Three other former Minneapolis Police officers, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng, and Tou Thao are being charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Their trial is set to take place on Aug. 23.