BREAKING: Teachers Union Leader Wishes Death Upon the Unvaccinated

In a now-deleted Facebook post a teacher railed against the unvaccinated, accusing them of "hiding behind religious exemptions."
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A Pennsylvania teacher has stirred up internet controversy after appearing to wish illness, shootings, and death upon unvaccinated Americans. 

In a now-deleted Facebook post, a screenshot of which was obtained by the Libs of TikTok Twitter account, Mollie Paige Mumau, an English teacher at General McLane High School in Edinboro, PA, railed against the unvaccinated, accusing them of “hiding behind religious exemptions because they don’t want anyone to tell them what to do.”

“[The unvaccinated] deserve whatever comes their way, including losing jobs, getting sick, and perhaps dying from the virus. But in the meantime, [they] are going to put all the people around [them] in danger,” Mumau wrote.

“I don’t know why the GOP doesn’t just take all those guns they profess to love so much and just start shooting all of their constituents who think this way. It would be quicker and ultimately safer than putting me and my friends and family at risk,” Mumau continued.

This seems like a script that has been written before: a crazy teacher says a crazy thing, the internet freaks out about it for roughly fifteen minutes, and then everyone forgets that it ever happened. If the comment or action is particularly nasty, the teacher might suffer a minor disciplinary consequence.

But Mumau is not an ordinary teacher. She serves as secretary for the Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) and is a board member for the National Education Association (NEA). In the latter position, Mumau receives a benefits package of more than $10,000. She undoubtedly has access to major figures, like NEA president Becky Pringle, who, as a result of union wealth, wields great influence in American politics. 

The NEA has not commented or issued a statement at this time. 

The fact that such a connected individual would feel so comfortable calling for millions of people to be shot on a public platform like Facebook is extremely concerning. If she holds unvaccinated in such little regard, how will she treat her students who themselves might be unvaccinated? 

Those on the front lines of the education reform movement have known for a long time that teachers unions care little for the needs of children and families, but there is a difference between indifferent self-interest and wishing harm upon others. 

Americans expect a whole lot out of teachers, and these expectations are sometimes unwarranted. However, “don’t call for your political opponents to be shot” is a pretty low bar to meet. Hopefully, the NEA recognizes the sheer grotesqueness of Mumau’s post and does something about it, but I doubt they will. 

Garion Frankel
Garion Frankel is a graduate student at Texas A&M University’s Bush School of Government and Public Service with a concentration in education policy and management. He is a Young Voices contributor, and Chalkboard Review’s breaking news reporter.