Woman Suspected of Deliberately Coughing in Toddler's Face Loses Her Teaching Job

Rebekah Sager
July 08, 2020 - 6:00 am

    A woman suspected of intentionally coughing on a baby at a San Jose, California frozen yogurt shop has lost her job with the Oak Grove School District. She was a teacher.

    “We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety,” Oak Grove superintendent Jose Manzo said in a statement.

    The San Jose Police Department is still investigating the incident.

    In an initial statement, Manzo said the district was “aware of an incident allegedly involving one of our employees who was videotaped coughing on a baby.”

    “We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety,” he said. “The employee is currently off of work and not providing any services to our District students.”

    The woman was not named in the statement, but people were able to identify her through online investigation.

    A petition to fire her and remove her teaching license received over 15,000 signatures as of Monday morning.

    According to KPIX 5, the woman was upset that the woman with the toddler in a stroller was not maintaining social distancing from her. The two had some kind of a tense conversation, where the suspect can be seen taking off her mask, bending down to eye-level with the toddler, and coughing several times.

    The child’s mother, Mireya Mora, told ABC7 News that she believes the woman’s actions were racially motivated.

    “I believe this woman may be racist because the family in front of her is white,” Mora said. “Me and my grandma are Hispanic and she started telling me about my distance and harassing me and my son once I started speaking Spanish to my grandma.”

    In April, police in Texas arrested a man for coughing into an officer's face and claiming he had coronavirus.

    Grapevine Police say 27-year-old Jonathan Dechoudens is charged with Harassment of a Public Servant, a 3rd-degree felony. 

    In mid-May, two teens were busted for COVID-19 pranks in a Florida Walmart.

    Amos Troublefield and Antonio Green were arrested after reportedly “running around” Walmart coughing and spraying Febreze on customers and employees reports the New York Daily News.

    For the specific gag in question, the teens were “pretending to cough on somebody but actually just spraying them with Febreze,” according to a police report obtained by The Smoking Gun.

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