Teacher on leave after video circulates defending mob march

Teacher on leave after video circulates defending mob march
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Although pro-democracy and human rights activists around the globe were stunned to see a mob storm the Capitol, they say they were heartened and inspired because the system ultimately prevailed. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana File) (Source: Jose Luis Magana)

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) - A northern Virginia middle school teacher has been placed on leave after he apparently told students in a virtual classroom he attended the Jan. 6 mob march on the Capitol and described it as a peaceful event.

The short video circulating on social media appears to show Benjamin Plummer, a teacher and soccer coach at Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, talking to students about the Jan. 6 march and attack on the Capitol.

The teacher tells students he was at the event and describes it as “incredibly peaceful” and blames the media for a false portrayal of Trump supporters.

Prince William County Public Schools say they are investigating.

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