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Video: Teacher blames Breonna Taylor for her death in Zoom class

The teacher has since apologized as her school conducts an investigation.

 

Siobhan Ball

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Published Mar 1, 2021   Updated Mar 3, 2021, 3:07 pm CST

Last week forensic science teacher Susan McCoy, of Pebblebrook High, Georgia, decided to express inaccurate opinions on Breonna Taylor’s death, delivered as part of an impromptu lecture on how not to be shot by the police to her high school students over Zoom.

Taylor was fatally shot in March 2020 in her Louisville, Kentucky apartment hallway by police. Authorities were executing a no-knock warrant shortly after midnight.

McCoy claimed that Taylor was responsible for her own death because “she put herself in that position by hanging out with somebody she shouldn’t have been with.” She added: “When you hang out with people with guns who shoot at cops you’re likely to get caught in the crossfire.”

McCoy, who didn’t actually know Taylor’s name, referring to her as “Breonna someone,” went on to say that her death had nothing to do with the “color of her skin,” as it was the natural result of the company she kept.

When McCoy’s students attempted to correct her by pointing out that Taylor wasn’t “hanging out with a guy who was wanted on charges,” and the man the warrant pertained to was actually already in custody, McCoy doubled down. Repeatedly insisting “It’s sad but she put herself in that position,” she defended the police’s actions on the grounds that they had a no-knock warrant, ending with the claim that they “had proof he shot first.” Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, did shoot first reportedly assuming an intruder was breaking in, hitting an officer in the leg.

McCoy’s students recorded the incident and shared it online where it quickly went viral beginning on Friday, leading to an ongoing call for McCoy to be fired.

Fire teacher Susan McCoy. Embedded tweet featuring the video of the Zoom class
@CyndeeNewton
This is absolutely heartbreaking and gross. Susan McCoy does not deserve to teach at ANY school. If Pebblebrook high school does not fire her then they are co-signing her actions.
We don't need such IGNORANCE teaching our future! Shouldn't a teacher be educated on a subject instead of her students educating her after she got all wrong? Someone smells rotten At Pebblebrook High School, Forensic Science teacher Susan McCoy
@Tionia

The school has responded to the numerous complaints raised over McCoy’s lesson by stating that an investigation is underway, as well as by emphasizing the school’s alleged values of empathy, respect, and appreciation of diversity.

McCoy has since released a video apology for her comments about Taylor, acknowledging that she should not have spoken on something she was “very ignorant” about.

However, that apology fell short for many, in particular the lack of an attempt to correct the misinformation she presented as fact during her Zoom class. To some viewers, it was an apology for getting caught rather than a sincere expression of remorse.

https://twitter.com/RecAsiakoth/status/1365688921372430338
@RecAsiakoth
I don't believe you 💯 Almost a year after this young lady was murdered by the police & you have the audacity to say what you said & only apologized because of the backlash you've received. I hope your students & there parents stay at your neck about this!!
Exactly! Her apology was all about her and nothing about telling the truth. She should have included the truth about Breonna Taylor in her apology. Hell, she almost didn’t even know Breonna’s name when she first brought up the topic on the zoom.
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*First Published: Mar 1, 2021, 3:00 pm CST