Kristin Usilton: Teacher slammed for telling conservative students to 'jump off a bridge'

Kristin Usilton: Teacher slammed for telling conservative students to 'jump off a bridge'
Kristin Usilton works for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District (@KristinUsilton/Instagram and Twitter/@RonFilipkowski -- Representational)

A California elementary teacher has been slammed for asking students in a conservative club at the local high school to “jump off a bridge” after a student was filmed waving a “f–k Biden” flag on school grounds. The teacher, Kristin Usilton, made the statement in a video she posted on her Instagram feed. Usilton, who works for the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, posted her video after seeing a clip of a student waving the anti-Biden flag on Veterans Day.

“The Paso Robles Conservative club for the high school, you can go jump off a bridge,” she said. “I’m going to post what they thought was a great show of support for the veterans, who I’m pretty sure would be absolutely offended by what they did on school campus.” The teacher also posted footage of the student waving the anti-Biden flag. 


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In a second video, Usilton noted that she had received an “incredible influx of messages” about her previous comments. “When I said ‘go jump off a bridge, I just meant go away, and I will not use that term again because of the incredible influx of messages I got about that. But if that’s what you focused on in that message, you’re kind of part of the problem,” she said in the second video. The teacher's video soon became viral and it appears as though her Instagram account has now been deleted. 



According to Superintendent Curt Dubost, the district is not only investigating Usilton's video, but also the student who waved the “f–k Biden” flag. Curt Dubost stated that although the student attempted to honor Veterans Day, it was a “very poor choice to include a profane flag.” He said that the student, or students, who were involved in the incident would be disciplined. He also slammed Usilton's comments regarding the incident.

“The District is responding accordingly through the Human Resource office. The District will make it clear to all employees that as an employee of PRJUSD, social media is not the appropriate venue for criticism of our students and families and that we must conduct ourselves in a professional manner,” he said. “With this stated, we want to emphasize that the District does not tolerate threats on our employees or students, nor do we condone cyber-bullying.” 

Social media users slammed Usilton for her comments, with one saying, "Kristin Usilton just proved she would retaliate against any students using their grades if need be if she doesn't (sic) agree with them. She would do anything in order to block a student's 1st Amendment right from being shared to silence them and down grade them." Another social media user wrote: "I bet the 13 veterans that lost their lives in #Afghanistan, along with the majority of veterans, would agree with the flag. Regardless of the kids having a flag with a “profane” saying, a teacher that tells them to “jump off a bridge” needs to be fired. #PasoRobles #California."



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