Florida teacher, 51, is arrested on child abuse charges after she ‘sprayed four students with Claire disinfectant for not wearing their masks properly’
- Christina Reszetar, 51, a teacher for 21 years, was arrested on January 6
- She faces four child abuse charges after she allegedly sprayed students with disinfectant for refusing to wear face masks properly
- She said video of the incident will prove that the charges against her aren’t true
Christina Reszetar, 51, faces child abuse charges after she allegedly sprayed disinfectant on four students who refused to wear their face masks properly
A Florida high school teacher was accused of abusing four students after she allegedly sprayed them with disinfectant because they refused to wear their face masks properly.
Christina Reszetar, 51, who has been a teacher for 21 years, was arrested on January 6 and now faces four charges of child abuse.
Police were called to Largo High School in Largo, Florida, following the incident that day, at which point police said Reszetar told them that four of her students had refused to properly wear face masks – meant to prevent the spread of coronavirus, News Channel 8, reported.
After their refusal, she allegedly sprayed an aerosol disinfectant ‘into the path of their faces and bodies.’
The incident was supposedly caught by video cameras.
Reszetar spent the night in jail and appeared before a judge Thursday.
She told the judge on January 7 that she’s a Learning Disabled Math teacher at Largo High School, where she taught for 18 years, and said that video of the incident will prove that the claims against her aren’t true.
Reszetar (pictured in court) said that video will show the charges against her aren’t true
Reszetar (in custody) told the judge that she couldn’t afford to hire a lawyer
Reszetar (in custody) was released without bond against prosecutors’ request
The judge told Reszetar that her alleged actions could be considered ‘a severely misguided attempt at discipline’ and asked if she would be able to hire a lawyer.
‘I will not be able to afford one on my teacher’s salary,’ she replied.
Prosecutors asked the judge to increase her bond, but the request was denied and she was released from jail without bond Thursday night.
The school district told WTSP that Reszetar works as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher and that prior to working at Largo High School, she had taught at Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater, the Seminole Vocational Education Center and Dunedin Middle School.
Reszetar has taught at Largo High School (pictured) for 18 years and has been teaching for 21 years. She currently works as an Exceptional Student Education teacher
A spokesperson for the Pinellas County School District told News Channel 8 that Reszetar was still employed by the school district as of Thursday morning and that it couldn’t release any details about the incident while it is being investigated.
The Claire disinfectant spray that Reszetar allegedly sprayed at the children was not provided to her by the school, the district said.
Reszetar’s neighbor told the news station that while she didn’t think Reszetar’s alleged act was appropriate, the arrest was excessive and that ‘teachers have to be under a lot of pressure right now with the virus.’