San Jose, CA – A special-education teacher has been fired after intentionally coughing in the face of a one-year-old because the mother wasn’t social distancing, according to police.
The incident began on June 12 at 5:25 p.m. The teacher was at Yogurtland and was standing in line along with the mother and the one-year-old in the stroller, according to the San Jose Police Department.
Police say that the teacher was upset the mother was not maintaining proper social distancing and stood too close to her.
According to police, the teacher than removed her face mask, put her face close to the one-year-old’s face and coughed two to three times.
A video of the incident went viral.
The school district put out a press release.
“As many know, there have been allegations that a District employee was involved in a videotaped incident in which the person appeared to have intentionally coughed on a baby at a local Yogurtland,” the press release stated. “We want to inform our community that the District employee who was alleged to have engaged in this conduct is no longer an employee of our District. The Oak Grove School District’s highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve. We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety.”
The mother of the one-year-old believes that incident was racially motivated.
The NAACP told KTVU on July 3 that the teacher was dismissed from the Oak Grove School District.
Mirey Mora said that she and her one-year-old son are of Hispanic descent, according to KTVU.
You can see the video of the incident below: