Sacramento Teacher on Leave After Mocking Asians on Zoom

A teacher with Grant Union High School in Sacramento’s Twin Rivers Unified School District has been placed on leave after making slant-eyed gestures to depict people of Asian descent during a Zoom class.

“If your eyes went up, they’re Chinese. If they go down, they’re Japanese. If they’re just straight, you don’t know,” the woman says in the video, as she pulls down on the sides of her eyes. One student threatened to leave the class.

Video of the incident soon went viral, eliciting outrage from community members and even Sacramento’s mayor.

“I am appalled by the growing number of incidents of bias and crimes targeting members of our Asian-Pacific Islander community,” Darrell Steinberg wrote on Facebook. “We cannot tolerate such mindless hatred.”

Anti-Asian sentiment has intensified in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s even harder to stomach when the perpetrators are working on the taxpayer’s dime.