During a Zoom class, a Georgia teacher made comments suggesting that Breonna Taylor should take blame for her death.
The teacher has since issued an apology for her statements.
Susan McCoy is a forensic science teacher at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, northwest of Atlanta. She apparently told her students that she’s “sorry (Taylor) was killed, but you know, when you hang out with people with guns and shooting, you’re likely to get caught in the crossfire,” Rolling Out reported Sunday (February 28). McCoy also erroneously said that “Breonna something” was “hanging out with the guy who was on wanted charges.”
Taylor was shot and killed by police inside her apartment on March 13, 2020. She was 26.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a warning shot when police arrived — apparently without announcing themselves — believing there was an intruder. That prompted gunfire from police, who shot Taylor six times, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Saturday (February 27).
Walker was not wanted on criminal charges. Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who was not in her apartment, was wanted, students tried to correct McCoy.
Here’s what McCoy said in her apology video:
“I want to apologize sincerely, publicly, for the things I said today in my class that had to do with something that I was very ignorant about. I’m just heartbroken that I said something so rude and disrespectful…I should never have talked about something that I didn’t understand and I truly, truly apologize and ask for forgiveness and hope that someday I can have that trust back with my students that I know that I lost.”
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