AUSTIN, Texas (AP) A public school teacher in the northern Texas town of Austin taught her students a lesson in the importance of empathy, respect and community — all on the back of a classroom.
The teacher and other teachers were caught on video, saying goodbye to the students and telling them to leave the school.
The students were asked to leave for five minutes after being asked to move their desks or stop working.
In the video, the teacher is seen giving students hugs and offering to help them pack and get back to work.
“They’re just doing their jobs,” the teacher said, according to the Dallas Morning News.
“It’s really hard work.”
The video went viral.
The school district told KXAN they are reviewing the teacher’s remarks.
The district said the teacher was reprimanded for “inappropriate language and conduct.”
A spokesperson for the school district said in a statement: “Our first priority is for all students to be treated with dignity and respect.
Our school district supports teachers who provide an environment of respect, dignity and inclusion for all our students, regardless of their backgrounds, and inclusiveness.”
The teacher did not return multiple requests for comment from the AP.
The Associated Press is not naming the teacher or her employer because of the sensitivity of the matter.
AP’s Emily Brown-Thornton contributed to this report.