Leah Kinyon voiced her support for the gay community and said she'd make life a living hell for homophobes.
A Utah high school teacher has been fired from her job for hitting out against anti-vaxxers, homophobes, climate change deniers, and former President Donald Trump in the classroom. Leah Kinyon was recorded by one of her students before the video was posted online. Conservatives and right-wing media, who often raise hell over 'cancel culture,' called for the teacher to be fired after the video went viral. The four-minute video starts with the teacher talking about vaccines and the importance of getting vaccinated, reported God.Dailydot.
Kinyon said she would be 'super proud' of her students if they got vaccinated, before adding that not taking the vaccine could lead to new variants and put more people at risk, including her and her family. The Lehi High teacher said the Coronavirus pandemic would “be over in five seconds” if everyone got vaccinated. When someone brings up Donald Trump, she doesn't hold back. "I hate Donald Trump. Trump sucks. He's a sexual predator. He's a literal moron," Kinyon can be heard saying. When someone tries to interject, reminding the teacher that this is a "chemistry class," she responds, "Go tattle on me to the admin, they don't give a crap." When someone appears to make a point about the freedom to not get vaccinated, she tells one of the students to "turn off Fox News."
"This is my classroom and if you guys are going to put me at risk, you're going to hear about it because I have to be here. I don't have to be happy about the fact that there are kids coming in here with variants that could get me or my family sick. And that's rude and I'm not going to pretend like it's not," said Kinyon. "I'm not going to lie. I'm not going to sugarcoat it either. Y'all need to hear that." Utah County, where Kinyon worked has a poor vaccination record, reaching just below 41 percent. Kinyon's speech comes at a time when kids and teachers are being forced to return to classrooms while authorities are refusing to permit schools to mandate masks or vaccines.
the utah county teacher in the news rn was my bio teacher in high school and all I have to say is that I love her and loved her class and everyone calling for her to get fired sucks ass but also she doesn't care she's been talking about quitting since I was in high school lmaoooo— Assley (@ashleynicoo) August 18, 2021
She also tells the students that they should start thinking for themself. "Most of y'all parents are dumber than you," before referring to her own experience. "My parents are fricking dumb and the minute I figured that out, the world opens up. You don't have to do everything your parents say, and you don't have to believe everything your parents believe because most likely you're smarter than them," she adds.
absolutely if i were a teacher in utah county i would be saying these things, and more— boo forever (@booforeverco) August 18, 2021
Some students bring up other issues that conservatives don't agree with and she shoot them down. "If you don't believe in climate change? Get the hell out," said Kinyon. When someone else appears to talk about homophobia, she adds, "It's pathetic that you think that. You're the problem with the world. If you're a homophobe, get out. I love gay people. All LGBTQIA+ people. If you don't like it, get out. If I hear you say a damn word against any of them, I'll open a can and make your life a living hell. If you say shit to any LGBTQ kids in school and you'll be in trouble," she said. As the video ends, one can student can be heard telling the teacher, "I think I love you even more."
Leah Kinyon, a Utah teacher fired for expressing frustration about Trump, COVID-19, anti-vaxxers and those who refuse to wear masks to protect others, is now my HERO.— Nostradumbass (@Nostrad19088964) August 19, 2021
Parents and conservatives targeted the teacher over the video. Many of them felt personally attacked, considering 66 percent of voters in Utah county voted for Donald Trump, and that she said most of the parents are not as intelligent as their kids. Alpine School District released a statement following the backlash. “We became aware late this afternoon of an incident that took place today in one of our high school classrooms,” read the initial statement. “An immediate investigation ensued. The employee has been put on administrative leave pending a thorough investigation. This behavior is inappropriate, not reflective of the professional conduct and decorum we expect of our teachers, and will not be tolerated.” Later, Alpine School District confirmed that she had been fired, stating, “the teacher involved is no longer an employee of Alpine School District.”
Well, Utah ICUs are at 102% capacity, medical units are at 98% capacity, healthcare worker morale is lower than ever since being tracked, and teachers, administrators, and kids won’t be required to mask up. One day we will weep at how poorly our “leaders” led.— Jeffrey Merchant (@jeffreymerchant) August 14, 2021
A Utah teacher was filmed badmouthing tfg. She went on a bit of a rant. The local MAGAts went on and on about her inappropriate behavior. Have these people seen THEMSELVES at every board meeting, town hall, grocery store, oh...and that little tourist insurrection at the Capitol?— Desdemona Rose Garden (@lpryanovichcom2) August 20, 2021