New York City’s teachers’ union, like its counterparts around the country, has been doing everything possible to fight against the need to reopen schools.
New York finally reopened elementary schools, but the United Federation of Teachers has been fighting against reopening middle schools and high schools. The so-called solidarity caucus of 4,000 UFT teachers wants to close schools entirely. Other lefty elements in the UFT have been shrieking that making them do their jobs will kill them. This didn’t stop them from trekking off to Sharpton’s 50,000 bigot march in D.C. or from protesting in person against teaching in person.
In New York City, the United Federation of Teachers, which is affiliated with the AFT, marched with cardboard coffins and fake body bags. Some union teachers wore skeleton t-shirts.
A Halloween skeleton attached to a garbage bag held a cardboard sickle and a message written next to dripping blood, “Welcome Back to School”. “I can’t teach from a cemetery,” one sign claimed. Another declared, “We Won’t Die for the Department of Education.”
Despite their claim that they feared for their lives, the march had little social distancing.
Meanwhile Annie Tan is keeping up her shtick of being the poster girl for the UFT’s “Making Us Teach Kids Will Kill Us” movement. If you want a sample, her current Twitter handle is, “Annie Tan is no martyr for DOE”.
“I think in particular “I have a right not to meet others’ unreasonable expectations of me” is the truest and most life-affirming thing I can read during this pandemic. My and our community health and well-being are way more important than our value and productivity to capitalism,” she tweeted.
Meanwhile, one middle school teacher found the time to do things in person.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s says a New York City teacher was arrested after he met up with a Florida minor he met online.
According to the sheriff, on Saturday, January 23, around 1:30 a.m., Zeshaan Naqvi, 31, picked up a minor at their Tampa residence and brought them back to his hotel room.
The sheriff’s office said Naqvi was arrested at the hotel and admitted to officials he knew the victim was underage.
“It never ceases to amaze us the lengths predators will go to, to get what they want,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “In this case, a middle school history teacher booked a ticket, boarded a plane, and traveled across the country to meet with a minor who he had been chatting with for about three months. This behavior is deeply disturbing and serves as a grim warning to parents to monitor their child’s online activity.”
Zeshaan Naqvi appears to be a teacher at The Young Women’s Leadership School of Queens which is a middle school. Naqvi appears to live in Queens which is home to a large Muslim community.
The situation obviously reminds people of the Muslim sex grooming scandals in the UK.
Either way, if UFT teachers can molest students in person, they can teach in person.