A California teacher has been recorded on a Zoom call daring parents to ‘come at me’ if they have a problem with the way she’s running her virtual lessons.
Alissa Piro, a 39-year-old teacher at San Marcos High School, was captured ranting at students in a video that was later posted to a private Facebook group, and shared on Twitter by an activist group calling for the full reopening of California schools.
She was complaining about a plan to go back to in-person learning that has been driven by parents’ suing school boards across the state.
Piro suggested the parents didn’t know what they were talking about.
‘If your parent wants to talk to me about their profession and their opinion on their profession, I would love to hear that,’ she says.
‘However, if your parent wants to come talk to me about how I’m not doing a good enough job in distance learning based on what you need as an individual?
‘Just dare them to come at me.
‘Because I am so sick to my stomach of parents trying to tell educators how to do their job.’
Newly released video of a @SanMarcosUSD HS teacher going off on students and their parents over distance learning and other issues. Originally posted to FB. Apparently this is a common occurrence. pic.twitter.com/pjEN80kLNh— Reopen California Schools (@ReopenCASchools) April 12, 2021
Piro has now deleted her LinkedIn page and her social media accounts but public records indicate she is married to another teacher in the area and the pair have two daughters.
The exasperated educator complains that she is ‘sick to my stomach of parents trying to tell educators how to do their job’.
She goes on to tell one student there’s no need for a ‘white student union’ because whites already ‘get everything.’
Her comments come at a time of heightened tensions between parents, California Governor Gavin Newsom and teachers unions over delays to a return to in-class learning.
In no way is it acceptable to speak to a student this way. I certainly understand remote teaching is challenging enough and criticism can set anyone off but she's suppose to remain professional and… be the adult in the situation. #FindANewJob #AlissaPirohttps://t.co/fBaed5Vn2n— Alanna Rae Delgado (@alannadelgado24) April 12, 2021
The high school teacher then wails on parents who would dare criticize her.
She then apologizes, saying: ‘I am going off, sorry. This is my go off period.’
Piro adds that teachers are facing unfair scrutiny by people who don’t understand their profession.