Calls for a high school teacher to be fired heightens after she claimed late Breonna Taylor was partly responsible for her own death.
Footage making rounds online showed the teacher, Susan McCoy, telling her students that the 26-year-old medical worker, who was fatally shot in March 2020, brought her death upon herself due to the people she rolled with when alive.
In the footage, Susan, who teaches forensic science at a high school in Georgia, could be heard saying, “I’m sorry she got killed, but you know when you roll with people who are all about guns and shootings, you’re likely to get caught in the crossfire.”
“What’s her name, Breonna something, the woman who was shot dead in the gunfire with the cops,” she said while having a virtual class with her students.
“Taylor was hanging out with the guy who was wanted on charges. The cops fired back at him when he opened fire on them,” she explained.
Video of Pebblebrook high school Forensic Science teacher Susan McCoy telling her students Breonna Taylor was responsible for her death. This happened today. @CobbSchools https://t.co/UW93D93H3D pic.twitter.com/Ds0atEfDfK
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) February 26, 2021
However, Susan’s account of what transpired on that tragic day is false. Breonna Taylor was in the bedroom with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when she was shot dead by the cops amid a failed drug raid.
The couple had woken up to the sound of heavy banging on the door. The cops claim they announced themselves prior to this, but the boyfriend, Walker, said he didn’t hear them do so and had thought they were intruders.
In a bid do dissuade whoever was there knocking, Walker fired a shot at the door. But unfortunately, the shot hit one of the officers in the leg, and the others retaliated by firing several rounds of bullets, six of which found their way to Taylor’s body and eventually killed her.
As the story unfolded, it turned out it was Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, that was wanted for narcotics charges and not Walker who didn’t have any criminal record.
It was on this note Susan McCoy’s students tried to correct her, but she cut them short by saying, “Alright, let’s talk about science now.”
Susan’s demeanor obviously didn’t sit well with social media users who have watched the footage of her addressing her class. Hence, there has been an increasing demand for her to step down as a teacher, on the basis that she was spreading false information to her students.
With the footage of her trending on social media, Susan herself has realized her blunder and has tendered an apology via a video uploaded online.
Update: teacher Susan McCoy has sent out an apology video for her offensive and racist comments about Breonna Taylor made during a class zoom session. pic.twitter.com/Y6nfth14C2
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) February 27, 2021
“I’m just heartbroken that I said something so disrespectful and rude. Hence, I want my students to know that I’m sincerely sorry.”
“I feel heartsick seeing the hurt and distrust I have caused,” she added.
However, a member of Cobb County School Board, Leroy Hutchins, told CBS 46 that he is glad she has apologized but only takes it as ‘face value’ and that the damage is probably already done to the students. However, he admitted how pleased be was to see the students try to correct the teacher.
“That our children were able to point out her blunders in such a disrespectful manner, I’m just very proud,” he said.
In the same vein, social media users, especially concerned parents and students, aren’t having any of Susan’s apologies and have insisted that she is fired with immediate effect. Many of them keep tagging the principal’s name so as to quicken their demands.
Meanwhile, the school, Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, has confirmed that it is currently carrying out investigations on the incident.