Teacher fired after DeSantis says bookshelf video was ‘fake narrative’

Teacher fired after DeSantis says bookshelf video was ‘fake narrative’

Posted For: Rotorblade


A Florida teacher was fired this week after posting a video of empty bookshelves that Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) called “a fake narrative” at a time when teachers in the state are removing or covering books in public schools to comply with new state laws.

Brian Covey, a substitute teacher at Mandarin Middle School in Jacksonville, Fla., posted a video to Twitter last month showing rows of empty bookshelves at the school’s library.

Covey is one of several teachers in Duval and Manatee counties who have posted photos or videos in recent weeks showing how school districts are responding to new Florida laws regarding books and other materials available to children in classrooms and libraries. Duval County Public Schools, the district for Mandarin Middle School, urged educators last month to follow the new laws and “err on the side of caution” to determine whether a book “is developmentally appropriate for student use.”

“They removed every single book from my children’s classrooms …” Covey wrote on Jan. 27. “I read books about the consequences of this when I was in school …”


When DeSantis was asked about the empty bookshelves in the viral video at a news conference Tuesday, the governor denounced it as misinformation.

“That video, that was a fake narrative, that was not true,” the governor told reporters, adding that the school “hadn’t even put out the books to begin with.” “What they’re trying to do is they’re trying to act like somehow we don’t want books.”


On Thursday, Covey said he was informed by Duval County Public Schools that he had been fired. Covey told The Washington Post that he received a 45-second phone call from Education Staffing Solutions (ESS), the organization the district contracts to hire substitute teachers, telling him that his services were no longer needed after he was told he “had violated their cellphone and social media policy.”

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