SAN JOSE, Calif. — The teacher in California accused of taking off her mask and deliberately coughing on a 1-year-old because she believed that her mother was not maintaining social distancing guidelines has been fired.
The unidentified woman can be seen on surveillance video removing her mask and coughing on a child in a stroller at a yogurt shop in San Jose. The woman was apparently angry that the mother of the child was not social distancing at Yogurtland on June 12, according to KTVU.
The Oak Grove School District confirmed to KGO-TV that the woman, who was a special education teacher, was fired following the incident.
The mother, Mireya Mora, believes that the incident was racially motivated. She said that when she was at the yogurt shop with her son and grandmother, the woman that coughed on the child only after the family started speaking Spanish to each other, according to KTVU.
The act is considered assault and a felony crime during the COVID-19 pandemic, KTVU reported. The woman in the video has not yet been charged.
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