American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten, who has called for “universal masking” in schools, is facing criticism after she removed her mask at the 2021 SOMOS conference in Puerto Rico because those in attendance were “having a hard time hearing” what she had to say.
In response to a tweet from Adriana Aviles, a concerned parent who shared photos of the teacher’s union president sitting maskless on a panel with other guests at the conference, Weingarten attempted to defend her action, writing: “You could not be [at] #Somos or the hotel or panel [without] proof of vaccination. I had also just done a rapid Covid test & was negative.”
Gotta love when school leaders @rweingarten @DOEChancellor mingle with others..in a packed room…with no masks..yet…I wonder if everyone needed proof of Vax to attend this 'work vaca'…they sure didn't need masks…@AppletoZucchini @daniela127 @Chalkbeat pic.twitter.com/Tjr4dQsiu1
— Adriana Aviles (@nanalatinaAA) November 5, 2021