The Alpine School District in Utah said Thursday that chemistry teacher Leah Kinyon at Lehi High School is no longer employed at the school after a student's recording of their teacher's political rant went viral on social media. The announcement comes after Kinyon was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday after the video first surfaced.
"Alpine School District has concluded our investigation of the incident that occurred on August 17, 2021 at Lehi High School. Although the details of a personnel investigation are confidential, the teacher involved is no longer an employee of Alpine School District," the district said in a statement, according to Fox 13. Officials did not clarify if Kinyon was fired or resigned her position.
According to KSL, the video appeared to take place during casual conversation, not during a lecture. Students can be heard chatting and laughing in the background.
"You don't have to do everything your parents say, and you don't have to believe everything your parents believe, because most likely you're smarter than them," Kinyon said in one clip of the video, taken by a student at an inconspicuous angle.
"That's pathetic that you think that. You're the problem with the world," she told a student. "I don't care what y'all think, Trump sucks," she added.
One student could be heard asking in the background, "what's wrong with Trump?"
"He is a sexual predator, he is a literal moron," the teacher said.
Another student pointed out that "this is a chemistry class," to which the teacher responded, "go tattle on me to the freaking admins, they don't give a crap."
One student shot back, "Joe Biden is a pedophile."
"No he is not," she responded, adding, "turn off the Fox News."
Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson and Jesse Watters discussed Kinyon's inappropriate behavior in a segment on Wednesday and encouraged students to film their teachers to showcase indoctrination but also because their temper tantrums provide comedic relief.
"They should have surveillance cameras in classrooms," Carlson suggested. "The parents have a right to know."
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