A video captured an incident on Tuesday where a Poynette teacher berated a high school student for not wearing a mask calling him a “jerk” and a “dummy.” The school district has placed the teacher on administrative leave. The video was shared on social media.

“I don’t care if you’re vaccinated, you little dink. I don’t want to get sick and die. There’s other people you can infect just because you’re vaccinated. You know what? You’re not a special person around here. “You should hear about how everyone talks about you around here. You’re a jerk. You’re a jerk. And you need to have respect for other people in your life. You’re not a big man on campus, quit walking around here like you have a stick up your butt.” – Quote from teacher in the video

“The School District of Poynette is aware of an incident that occurred today, May 11th, 2021, involving a teacher and student at the Poynette High School. The District is initiating an investigation and the teacher involved has been put on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. The District contacted the parents and we are taking steps to provide the appropriate support for the student involved.” – District Administrator Matt Shappell