Catholic high school fires teacher after she disputes cause of George Floyd death during class

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 25th, 2021 10:26 am

Last Updated Mar 27th, 2021 at 6:41 am

A Catholic high school teacher was fired earlier this month after she said the cause of George Floyd's death was "disputed."

Deborah DelPrince, a former theology teacher at Bishop Ready High School, said during a virtual class that whether Floyd died because he could not breathe was disputed.

DelPrince was responding to a profile picture of one of the students in class, which showed LeBron James wearing an "I Can't Breathe" shirt. DelPrince said the shirt "perpetuates a myth against police… Lebron James' position is disrespectful to police officers."

The video was shared online by a former student of the school.

When asked by a student if she had said that it was disputed that Floyd could not breathe, DelPrince said, "yes, it is disputed." She then clarified that it was disputed "by the tape."

It is currently unclear what school policy DelPrince violated. The school could not be reached for comment. The Diocese of Columbus, which is in charge of the school, said that while "personnel matters are confidential by policy," DelPrince's "comments, contrary to school and diocesan guidelines, reflected extremely poor judgment" and led to a "detailed investigation."


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