A SUBSTITUTE teacher in Florida has been fired for telling students that Capitol rioters were Antifa members who were paid to dress up as Donald Trump supporters.
A student in a middle school English class began recording the sub, who said "they were paid to be there, they were paid to be violent so that Trump supporters would look bad."
Dr Damien Moses, the principal at Bok Academy in Lake Wales, Florida, said told TMZ that administrative action was taken immediately against the sub in question.
"We met with her and she has been dismissed, not only from our school but also from the Lake Wales Charter School System," Moses said.
In the video, students in the classroom can be heard disagreeing with the sub, saying that it was, in fact, Trump supporters who stormed into the Capitol building last week while Congress was working to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
The sub denied that Trump supporters were to blame, instead insisting that Trump supporters were actually trying to stop people from breaking into the Capitol.
When a student pointed out that the rioters were all wearing MAGA hats and waving Trump flags, the sub again blamed Antifa.
"Anybody can put on a MAGA hat when they're paid to be there and cause a riot," she went on.
Students in the classroom were visibly uncomfortable as the sub continued to insist that it was not "real" Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol.
A total of five people were killed in the attack on the Capitol building, which occurred after Trump gave a speech urging his supporters to continue to "fight" the results of the 2020 election.
Trump has since been impeached for a second time on allegations that he incited the riot.
The substitute teacher may have been referring to a Washington Times story that ran last week that alleged facial recognition technology could prove that some Antifa members "infiltrated" Trump supporters at the Capitol.
That story has since been redacted after it was called out for making false claims.
The school's principle told TMZ that they are taking the incident with the sub very seriously.
"We have spoken with the students twice, and plan on speaking with them again," Moses said.
"We have a conversation about the situation, and just relayed that we do not discuss politics on our campus."
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