A Rhode Island teacher who offered to pay a coronavirus-infected person to cough on President Trump no longer works for the Woonsocket school district.
The school committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to accept a settlement agreement with Amy Bednarz, who resigned as part of the deal, WJAR reports.
Bednarz taught sixth grade to English language learners at Villanova Middle School in Woonsocket. In March, she used the Twitter account “Proud Teacher” to post about the president, and online sleuths connected her comments to her personal social media accounts.
“Somebody with Covid 19, I will pay you to cough on #Trump,” the tweet read.
Corey A. DeAngelis, director of school choice for the Reason Foundation, was among the first to expose Bendarz, within hours of the post.
“This ‘Proud Teacher’ is Amy Bednarz. She also stalks school choice supporters,” DeAngelis wrote.
DeAngelis included a link to a 2017 blog post in which Keri Rodriguez, president of the National Parents Union, detailed her troubling encounters with Bednarz.
“Sometimes Amy likes to call me fat in response to tweets that have nothing to do with education,” Rodriguez wrote. “Sometimes when I write something that she REALLY doesn’t like she threatens to come to my house.
“Amy has done her research to find out the name of the street I live on and even my phone number, which she calls on a regular basis,” Rodriguez wrote.
The Gateway Pundit also uncovered other Twitter posts from the now deleted Proud Teacher account that pointed back to Bednarz, including comments about where she works and photos of her cat that were matched to the same animal on Bednarz’s Facebook page.
The news site attempted to contact district officials about Bednarz’s online activities but did not receive a response. The incident did, however, draw the attention of state education officials and prompted the district to launch a formal investigation.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angelica Infante-Green posted to Twitter that the tacky coronavirus tweet “is unprofessional and sends the wrong message during a time when our whole education community is setting a national example.
“This is not acceptable and certainly not representative of the overwhelming majority of RI teachers,” she wrote.
The settlement approved Wednesday night came with Bednarz’s resignation, but other details of the agreement, including whether the teacher received a payout, remain unclear.