Teacher Faces Child Abuse Charges for Spraying Disinfectant on Students Without Masks
Florida high school teacher was taken to jail after incident
A Florida teacher is facing child abuse charges after she allegedly sprayed disinfectant at her students because they were not wearing their masks properly.
Largo High School teacher Christina Reszetar became aggressive when students refused to wear their face mask properly in the classroom.
Reszetar, a student Education math teacher, reportedly sprayed aerosol disinfectant into her students' faces and bodies.
The teacher was escorted from the Largo High School before being booked into the Pinellas County jail on Wednesday.
Reszetar was then charged with four counts of felony child abuse with great bodily harm.
The 51-year-old teacher appeared before a judge on Thursday.
"In the courtroom, Reszetar told the judge she teaches Learning Disabled Math at Largo High School and has been a teacher for 21 years, 18 of them at Largo High School."
"I think I can fairly characterize this as a severely misguided attempt at discipline," the judge said in court on Thursday.
The teacher was caught spraying disinfectant into students' faces on surveillance video.
But the footage has not yet been released by police.
The judge asked Reszetar:
"Are you going to be able to hire a lawyer to represent you?" The teacher responded.
"I will not be able to afford one on my teacher's salary."
On Thursday, Reszetar was released from Pinellas County Jail on her own recognizance.
The judge released her from jail without bond because the teacher has no serious prior record.
Reszetar is still employed with the school district, according to a spokeswoman for the school.
Pinellas County schools require students and staff to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
Last month another teacher was caught acting erratically when he flipped out on anti-lockdown protesters in the town of Bend.