(John Ransom, Headline USA) In a video that has gone viral, a substitute teacher took to TikTok to reveal she was fired by a school for not meowing back at a student who self-identifies as a cat.
“Okay, okay. I’ve got to rant for a minute,” the teacher said in a short TikTok video, reported the Post Millennial. “Just when I thought school couldn’t get any weirder, it did today.”
The teacher explained that she was taking roll and when a student meowed at her like a cat, another student said that she was supposed to meow back as the student who self-identified as a cat.
Meow: “We no longer need your services if you can’t identify with all the children in the classroom,” the substitute teacher alleges the school’s office said.https://t.co/9GHZncgULo
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“I said, ‘Is there a litter box in here somewhere?’ My sarcasm self: I probably should not have said that,” the teacher explained in the video, adding that the student who identifies as a cat stormed out of the class.
After she finished the class, she was told by the office that she was no longer needed by the school.
“We no longer need your services if you can’t identify with all the children in the classroom,” said the school, according to the sub.
“Another school off my list,” the teacher added.
One Louisville arts website said some are blaming social media, including TikTok, for the juvenile trend of identifying as animals.
“Camp Ernst Middle School in Burlington, Kentucky,” said Leoweekly “posted on Facebook last Sunday that some of their wards are barking at each other and wearing spiked collars.”
In a post that Facebook meant for parents, the middle school asked for help in combating the TikTok-inspired behavior.
“We cannot allow kids to bark at each other or any other like behavior,” said the school. “We appreciate you helping us by discouraging such behaviors, talking with your child about the dangers of social media.”
Other districts in Kentucky were also cracking down on such behavior, with one county banning cat costumes as violations of dress code and another county asking parents to talk to their kids about literally not acting like animals at school, said Leoweekly.