An Illinois music teacher is singing the blues after a video of his pejorative language directed at a high school student for wearing his mask wrong circulated on social media.
Scott Grigoletto is a former music teacher at Glenbard North High School in Carol Stream, Illinois. He appears in a video where he may be heard threatening to call police on a student he accused of wearing his mask unsafely.
Text written across the video reads, “My friend had his mask under his nose, and this Karen went crazy, got up in his face and cuzed [sic] at him.” Karen is slang for an obnoxious, angry, and/or entitled middle-aged white woman who uses a perceived privilege to get her way, or police other people’s behaviors.
Grigoletto received degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Illinois State University, according to a cached version of a web site about him that has been removed from the Internet. The August 25 snapshot of the site listed his employment as the Director of Percussion at York Community High School in Elmhurst, Illinois, and his former position at Glenbard North High School.
Carol Stream is a suburb of Chicago, with a population that numbered 39,711 in the 2010 census.
Glenbard North administrators opened an investigation into the incident but Grigoletto resigned before the investigation went far. In his resignation letter, Grigoletto apologized for his words and actions.
“As an educator, part of my job is serving as a role model to my students, and in that moment, I fell short,” said Grigoletto. “Because of this and in the best interest of my students, myself, and the school, I am resigning from my position.”
Principal John Mensik addressed parents of students attending Glenbard North in a letter posted on the school district’s web site. “It is important that we maintain a positive school culture based on mutual respect for each other,” Mensik said.
“You may have seen, or heard of, a video regarding a Glenbard North student and staff member. Please know that this situation is being investigated. I ask that you trust that we will handle this situation in an appropriate manner.”
A reply to an email request for comment from Grigoletto was not received before deadline for this article.
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