Students Allegedly Sprayed with Disinfectant by Frustrated Teacher For Not Wearing Mask 'Correctly'

Sarah Cottrell

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We all have big feelings about face masks. The fact is, face masks, when worn correctly, can slow or stop the spread of germs, including the novel coronavirus. But the major problem with face masks is that many people don't believe in wearing them or wear face masks incorrectly, which puts front line workers such as teachers at grave risk of contracting the deadly Covid-19 virus.

One Florida teacher, 51-year-old Christina Reszetar from Largo High School, has apparently had enough of her students not wearing masks the right way, so she allegedly sprayed them with hospital grade disinfectant. Ms. Reszetar has been a teacher for 21 years; 18 of those years have been at Largo High School, where she teaches Learning Disabled Math.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, when deputies arrived at the school in response to the incident, Reszetar reportedly told the officers that she had become agitated by four students who refused to wear their masks correctly. In a moment that a judge later called a "severely misguided attempt at discipline," Ms. Reszetar was recorded spraying disinfectant in the direction of the students who would not comply with the mask mandate.

The spray she used on her students is exceptionally harsh stuff. According to Amazon, Claire Disinfectant Spray is a hospital-grade disinfectant intended for hard surfaces and can kill a litany of germs including:

  • Bactericidal
  • Staphylocidal
  • Tuberculocidal
  • Fungicidal
  • Pseudomonicidal
  • Virucidal
  • *HIV-1 (AIDS Virus)
  • Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus faecalis (VRE)
  • *Polio Virus Types 1 and 2
  • *Influenza A2/Hong Kong Virus
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (TB) and *Herpes Simplex Virus Types 1 and 2 On Hard
  • Pandemic 2009 H1N1 Influenza A Virus* [formerly called "swine flu"]

It is listed as EPA registered and comes in a fresh lemon scent but curiously, it does list students as a viable surface for use.

Officers arrested Ms. Reszetar, and she spent the night in jail. The following day, she was released but not after telling a judge that she could not afford a lawyer to represent her. According to the Largo High School website, Ms. Reszetar remains listed as an active teacher.

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Sarah Cottrell is a Maine based writer and author. Her essays and reported articles have been published across the Internet including at the Washington Post, VICE, Bangor Daily News, New York Magazine’s The Cut, REAL Simple, Parents Magazine, and many more. She is represented by Folio Literary Management.

Bangor, ME

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