BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) — A Bradenton, Fla., teacher was removed from his Bradenton High School classroom after a viral TikTok appeared to show him berating a Latino student who appeared not to stand for the pledge of allegiance.
The Manatee County School District confirmed the man featured in the video was removed from the classroom Wednesday, but declined to reveal his identity. A statement from the school district said the teacher is no longer in contact with students and the district’s Office of Professional Standards is investigating the incident.
The TikTok, which has since garnered over 90,000 likes, is captioned: “My friend didn’t stand up for the promise and that’s what the teacher said [laughing emoji]“. It shows a white male teacher standing over a male student who appears to be Latino.
“If you want to do something, get up and do it,” said the teacher. “I will defend my country to the end.”
“I won’t hurt you,” the teenager said.
Then the teacher tells the student to return to where he came from and asks if he is Mexican or Guatemalan. The student replied, “I was born here.”
“You don’t stand up for the flag?” asked the teacher. And then the Tik Tok ends.
TikTok commenters have speculated on the teacher’s identity, but the Manatee County school district did not confirm his name Thursday. News Channel 8 reached out to the TikTok user who posted the video for additional context.
“The Manatee County School District strongly condemns any language or conduct that demeans, degrades or offends any person,” the school district said in a statement. “Especially to the young people, families and community we are privileged to serve.”
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