School district says woman who ‘coughed on baby’ during social distancing argument ‘no longer an employee’ – The SunJuly 8, 2020
A WOMAN who was filmed pulling down her mask to cough on a baby in a yogurt shop last month has lost her job with a school district.
The unidentified woman was seen on surveillance video on June 12 waiting inside a Yogurtland shop in San Jose, California.
The footage, shared by the local police department in an effort to find the woman, shows a mother pushing her one-year-old child in a stroller through the shop as they waited on line.
Soon, both women are seen pointing either at the ground or toward one another.
The woman, described to be white and in her 60s, then walked closer to the stroller, pulled down her mask, and coughed on the baby two or three times.
The mother then pulled a cover on the stroller over her baby, seemingly to protect it.
In another frame, the woman who was seen coughing on the baby was captured walking out of the store.
The mom involved in the incident, Mireya Mora, told KGO the older woman "did it on purpose."
Mora alleged the woman "purposely coughed on my son's face" after the woman became angered that she was standing close in line.
She also claimed the woman "may be racist."
"Me and my grandma are Hispanic and she started telling me about my distance and harassing me and my son once I started speaking Spanish to my grandma."
This week, the Oak Grove School District in San Jose announced that the woman seen in the video was no longer employed with the district.
“As many know, there have been allegations that a District employee was involved in a videotaped incident in which the person appeared to have intentionally coughed on a baby at a local Yogurtland,” the statement read.
“We want to inform our community that the District employee who was alleged to have engaged in this conduct is no longer an employee of our District.”
The woman wasn’t identified by school officials, who added the district’s “highest priority is the safety of our students and the well-being of all of the children in the community we serve.”
“We do not tolerate conduct from any employee that compromises any child’s safety.”
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