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Florida teacher writes mock obituary in protest of schools reopening

As Florida schools get ready to reopen for in-person instruction five days a week, one teacher is staging a protest in a way that’s captured a lot of attention and resonated with other educators.

Whitney Reddick, 33, a teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, wrote a mock obituary for herself, which she posted on Facebook. The post has since received support as teachers grapple with the idea of returning to school amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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“School Board Meeting Tomorrow 8/4/2020: I will be there with my obituary, ready to read,” Reddick posted on Facebook.

“With profound sadness, I announce the passing of Whitney Leigh Reddick,” began the obituary Reddick crafted. “A loving and devoted teacher, mother, daughter, wife, aunt, and friend to all whose lives she touched, on August 7th, 2020. She left us while alone

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