Audrey Betancourt, Teacher Probed Over Nancy Pelosi Parler Posts, Says Traitors Get Hung

A teacher in Florida has been reassigned from her school after she allegedly shared a number of inflammatory posts on controversial social media app Parler.

Audrey Betancourt, who teaches art at Coral Way K-8 Center, said that she moved out of the school after Miami-Dade Public Schools were made aware of her posts on the social media platform.

Speaking to Local 10, Betancourt said her principal told her to stay home Tuesday, without explanation. She believes it was due to posts she made on Parler, a "free speech" social media platform prominently used by conservatives and the far-right.

"I never, ever, ever put my views on anyone or talk about politics," Betancourt told Local 10. "Nobody knows anything about my politics or anything like that.

"I felt that I lived in a free society, that I could feel something but as long as I don't go out and commit that, I can say that. I'm allowed to say that."

Parler was shut down after its users plotted the deadly pro-Donald Trump attack on the Capitol on January 6 and also encouraged further violence.

Among the messages believed to have been posted by the teacher is a video by the far-right Proud Boys group and a post showing a Trump caravan in Doral which Betancourt suggested could run over antifa and Black Lives Matter protesters. The teacher also forwarded a message from someone who said "hang Nancy Pelosi."

Defending the message, Betancourt told Local 10: "When I feel that there is treason going on, treasonous acts, and when someone is treasonous you can possibly be arrested, killed, hung, whatever."

State prosecutors have argued that the violent mob who stormed the Capitol on January 6 while backing Trump's discredited claims of voter fraud intended to "capture and assassinate" elected officials.

In another post, Betancourt also quoted Trump's "fight like hell" speech which he gave in Washington, D.C. prior to the attack which lawmakers said incited the mob to carry out the insurrection, resulting in Trump getting impeached for the second time.

Betancourt said she is not aware of any school rules or policy she broke with her social media posts.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools confirmed that an investigation into Betancourt is underway.

A spokesperson told Newsweek: "Miami-Dade County Public Schools holds its employees to a higher standard of integrity and the allegations against this employee are contrary to what is expected of all personnel.

"This individual has been reassigned away from the school setting while a thorough review of the matter is being conducted."

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This illustrative picture shows Parler's logo on a smartphone with its website in the background in Arlington, Virginia on July 2, 2020. A Miami-Dade Public Schools teacher is being investigated for commenst and posts on Parler. OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty