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Prof compares mask mandate opponents to drunk drivers: 'Maybe ppl wearing masks should just drive drunk and speed thru the neighborhoods of pro-covid parents'

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Pennsylvania State University Professor Edward Fuller on Sunday suggested that masked, drunk drivers consider speeding through what he calls "pro-COVID" neighborhoods, according to the College Fix.

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In a widely criticized — and since-deleted — tweet, Fuller wrote, "Why is it a parent's right to endanger the lives of other people's kids and of teachers? Maybe ppl wearing masks should just drive drunk and speed thru the neighborhoods of pro-covid parents as a way to exercise their freedom and rights."

Fuller, an associate professor education as well as director of the school's Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, is said to have switched his Twitter account to private following immense backlash.

In a statement on the remarks, Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers said, "Penn State does not condone the tweet, and we can share that the faculty member regrets his poor choice of words — which do not represent the views of the University nor the College of Education."

Powers did not state whether Fuller would face any type of disciplinary action with regard to his head-scratching social media statement.

The College Fix reported that Powers did not respond to a request for comment on the matter.

According to the report, the professor's outraged remark came in response to a tweet praising Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) for his order to allow families to decide whether their children wear masks in schools.

The outlet also pointed out that according to a report from Education Week, at least 422 active teachers died during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Given that there are over 3 million public school teachers in the United States, plus 500,000 in private schools, 'so many' deaths equates to a 0.012 percent death rate," the report concluded.

The Education Week report also documented personal information of those teachers lost during the pandemic, such as their names, schools in which they taught, and ages.

You can view the full list here.

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