(USA Features) A Rhode Island teacher is under investigation school officials for allegedly offering on Twitter to pay anyone who is infected with coronavirus to “cough on” President Donald Trump.
The teacher reportedly works for the Woonsocket School Department, and officials there have launched an investigation, according to NBC 10 News.
The tweet read, “Somebody with COVID-19, I will pay you to cough on #Trump.”
In a subsequent post, the user identified herself as a sixth-grade ELL teacher at Villanova Middle School in Woonsocket.
The account has since been deleted. The name of the teacher has not yet been released by school officials.
School Committee Chairman Paul Bourget said he and superintendent Paul McGee have been discussing the tweet since Sunday night and that an investigation began on Monday.
Bourget called this a “serious matter” and noted that he expected a decision by the April 8 School Committee meeting on how to proceed. He added that the committee will likely back McGee’s decision.
Bourget said the investigation is ongoing as officials work to obtain “concrete evidence and a concrete determination.”
“If this thing pans out, if it’s true she did it, then we’ll take appropriate action,” he said.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green also responded to the accusations, tweeting, “It is unprofessional and sends the wrong message during a time when our whole education community is setting a national example. This is not acceptable and certainly not representative of the overwhelming majority of RI teachers.”