A California substitute teacher was caught on video berating a student over the "Thin Blue Line" face mask the eighth-grader was wearing. The 13-year-old said he wears the Thin Blue Line mask to honor his police officer father.
The intense confrontation happened on Monday at Lyman Gilmore Middle School in Grass Valley, California. That's where the unnamed substitute teacher got into a shouting match about Lucas Lillar's Thin Blue Line mask during a math class.
Students in the class recorded video of the teacher arguing with the teen over the face mask.
The teacher is seen in the video telling the student that his Thin Blue Line mask that pays homage to law enforcement is "not American."
"That’s not the American flag that’s the new confederacy flag," the teacher loudly proclaims.
The middle school student allegedly wore the same mask last week with the same eighth-grade teacher, but there was no altercation. However, Lillar claims that the teacher approached him about the face mask this week. He said that the math teacher sat at an empty desk behind him and started the argument.
"I never had someone talk to me like that, yell at me in my face, especially a teacher," Lillar told KOVR.
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Amanda McCallum, the boy's mother, said she feels "angry" and "heartbroken" over the incident.
"I was angry because these types of things should never be in the classroom," McCallum said, noting that she was "mind-blown" over the teacher's behavior.
“These topics need to be left at the door. The school is meant to educate our children in a safe environment and I don’t feel like this was a safe environment, but it needs to be. We are entrusting these people of authority, these teachers with our children,” McCallum told KTXL. “We are in a time where we are so divided that we need to learn to be kind and respect each other.”
Lucas wears the Thin Blue Line mask to show support for his father and stepmother, who are both members of law enforcement.
Lillar said he is "worried" that his father could be shot during a routine traffic stop.
McCallum informed school administrators about the situation. She said that Lyman Gilmore's principal assured her that the substitute teacher would no longer teach at the school in the future.
Andrew Withers — the Grass Valley School District Superintendent — told KOVR that the incident is being investigated.
Withers also added, "The California Education Code §44953 allows for the immediate dismissal of a substitute teacher. Our district expects all educators to perform their duties with utmost respect and professionalism."
Scott W. Lay — the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools — noted, "We expect all educators to perform their duties with utmost respect and professionalism to afford our youth an environment conducive to learning. The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing that governs educator credentials will be informed of this incident."
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