Who is Carrie Maxwell? Wayside Elementary School Teacher
Carrie Maxwell is a second-grade teacher at Wayside Elementary School who is in the spotlight after being caught on video threatening to kill a mom and her 8-year-old daughter leaving a protest.
Carrie Maxwell was seen yelling profanities at the woman and 8-year-old girl Friday in Bakersfield as they left one of the protests organized in the wake of George Floyd’s death, news station KKTV reported.
Carrie Maxwell Yells at a Protestor and her Daughter – Video
“I will f—ing kill you,” Maxwell could be heard saying, according to video footage which has since gone viral. Erika Baze, who is white, said she and her daughter were heading home from the protest when Maxwell confronted them, the outlet reported. She told them that they weren’t welcome in the area and that she was going to call the police.
Baze said she began recording Maxwell when she became violent and had to be dragged away by her husband, the outlet reported.
@Wayside_Elem_ it has come to my attention that a staffer of yours, Carrie Maxwell, who happens to be a second grade teacher harassed a young girl and threaten to kill her mother. Please let me know if this is someone you want representing your school or caring for children. 💚 pic.twitter.com/LCggigQdqI
— hella tired (@Lizz287babe) June 6, 2020
She Issued an Apology Saying she acted out of anxiety and fear
Maxwell later said she had been taking care of her autistic son and elderly mother at the time and acted out of anxiety and fear.
“I had seen news coverage of the protest turning into riots across the country and was aware that the protests near my home had turned to confrontations the day before,” Maxwell said in a statement through her lawyer, according to KBAK-TV.
“When I heard protesters gathering near my home, loudly chanting profanities, I became overwhelmed with anxiety and fear.”
She said she was “heartbroken” to think that her students or their parents may see the video and believe that her behavior reflects her “values or views regarding race or inclusivity.” “I want to offer my sincerest apology to anyone who was hurt by my behavior in that video,” Maxwell said.
The District Superintendent is Investigating the Incident
Bakersfield City School District Superintendent Doc Ervin said the district is investigating the incident involving the teacher.
“We do not condone nor endorse the action and behavior captured on the video,” he said.
I hope a civil lawsuit is coming from the baby’s family. pic.twitter.com/dEJGICuWPF
— Ms. Carrie (@CtheInquisitive) June 8, 2020