Teacher Writes Her Own Obituary to Protest Schools Reopening Amid COVID-19

Johnny Lopez
August 08, 2020 - 2:16 pm
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A Florida teacher stated her opinion on the ongoing debate over reopening schools by writing her own obituary.

Whitney Reddick, a 33-year-old public school teacher from Jacksonville, shared the obituary on social media amid concerns of returning to classrooms as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spike throughout the state, reported WFLA.

“With profound sadness, I announce the passing of Whitney Leigh Reddick,” she wrote in a Facebook post, shared by Action News Jax. “ She left us while alone in isolation and on a ventilator at a Duval County hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.”

Reddick, who is the mother to a 14-month-old son, then appeared to take aim at officials who have decided to reopen schools.

"However, even though she shouted from the rooftops, attempted to be unemotional, and educated herself in facts and science, she succumbed to the ignorance of those in power," she added.

“She returned to work, did her best to handle all the roles placed on her shoulders; educator, COVID-security guard, human shield, firefighter, social worker, nurse, and caregiver but the workload weakened her, and the virus took hold. Whitney was taken from us,” Reddick continued.

She ended the obit by writing, “Please send your condolences to Governor Ron DeSantis, Mayor Lenny Curry, and finally the Duval County School Board and Superintendent.”

Despite her fears, Reddick, who wishes schools would remain 100% virtual until COVID cases go down, plans to go back to work and teach her students in the classroom on August 20th.

"My anxiety will not supersede what I do in the classroom," she told TODAY. "I can’t give a full sense of security but I will go in and do my best to keep everyone safe and adhere to guidelines."

On Saturday, Florida confirmed another 8,502 positive cases of coronavirus and 182 deaths, according to Click Orlando.

In total, the state has seen over 526,000 cases, with at least 8,109 deaths.

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