Teachers’ unions have been exposed as partisan, special interest-driven ideologues, and some of their members are willing to disparage the parents and students they purportedly serve.
An alleged board member of the National Education Association (NEA) and an English high schoolteacher recently posted to Facebook that unvaccinated people with religious exemptions should die from the coronavirus. Mollie Paige Mumau posted on the social media network, according to the Daily Caller, that unvaccinated religious individuals were “hiding behind religious exemptions because they don’t want anybody to tell them what to do.”
The teacher’s tirade continued, “I don’t know why the GOP doesn’t just take those guns they profess to love so much and just start shooting all of their constituents who think this way,” She also added, “It would be quicker and ultimately safer than putting me and my friends and family at risk.”
Mumau worked at General McLane High School in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, which is located almost 18 miles south from the northwestern city of Erie. The school district confirmed that Mumau worked for the district, but was not working as a teacher at this moment due to the controversy. The district said it could not confirm disciplinary actions.
Outlets claimed that Mumau was a board member of the NEA, but Accuracy in Academia was unable to confirm the veracity of this claim.
Mumau issued a statement, part of which said the following:
“Please know that I am deeply sorry for the statement I recently made on social media.. I will take full responsibility for my post which did not express what I intended… I very much regret that. Please be assured that I will not make statements like this again.”
Contrary to Mumau’s criticisms, there are some legitimate concerns about current vaccines, such as whether minor children should be forced to get vaccinated. One reason is that children are less at-risk of serious medical conditions or death from the coronavirus than the rest of the general population. There are also legitimate religious concerns about putting an unknown substance into one’s body. Dismissing these concerns entirely is unfair to all involved.
Teachers’ unions were perceived as advocates for teachers and students alike, but in light of their pro-school shutdown and pro-vaccine mandate views, their favorability has fallen far from its perch.