A California teacher who told her students that Trump was “still president” have been reportedly removed from the school.
In a statement sent to PEOPLE, the superintendent of the Ventura Unified School District said the teacher “is still employed with the school district” but is no longer working in her middle school history class.
Superintendent Roger Rice, in a statement to The Post, said the district “does not condone the non-instructionally-related discussion that occurred in the classroom.”
He added: “The Ventura Unified School District will work closely with staff to ensure that this does not happen again.”
In a recording taken by a student in October and obtained by the news station, the teacher can be heard making a range of false and bizarre claims about both the presidency and the vaccine.
“If you have a baby at the hospital, they don’t want to give it back if you’re not vaccinated — this is a complete power control threat,” she said in the recording, later adding: “People need to wake up and see the government has way too much power right now.”
At another point in the recording, the teacher repeats unsubstantiated allegations about President Joe Biden’s son Hunter, including that he was “doing deals with China and Ukraine and all these places where he was funneling money illegally.” (Hunter has not been charged with or accused of any crimes.)
According to local reports, the eighth-grader who recorded the comments did so because, as his mother told KCBS, he was uncomfortable with the remarks.
A district spokesperson confirmed to PEOPLE that administrators began an investigation once the recording was shared with school and administration officials on Oct. 18.
The teacher has not been publicly identified.
“The Ventura Unified School District will work closely with staff to ensure that this does not happen again,” the superintendent said.
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