Louisiana high school teacher on leave after body shaming TikTok video surfaces
An employee of Caddo Parish Schools has been placed on administrative leave after a video of him speaking to a class using profanity and demeaning language about weight surfaced on TikTok.
On Thursday, TikTok user Sherls posted a video of Captain Shreve High School teacher and swim coach Mike Diffie speaking to a class.
In the video Diffie can be seen talking to students saying:
"If you're fat, who's fault is that? Yours. And I'll say that straight up."
"Everybody wants to be body positive. Let's celebrate fat people. Why? They're gonna f****** die because they're fat."
When a student brings up that it could be a case of genetics for some people, the shuts them down calling it an "excuse" saying his whole family is fat, but he's in shape.
"I do marathons. All my parents are fat. My parents are fat and so is my brother. That's not genetics, that's a f****** excuse," he said in the video.
"Immediate action was taken by the district once we became aware of the video. We take these matters seriously and started an investigation," said Director of Communications and Marketing for Caddo Parish Public Schools Marquel Sennet. "The person involved in this incident has since been placed on administrative leave."
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