‘Invasion of Privacy’: Fingerprints of Unvaccinated NYC Teachers Sent to FBI
The fingerprints of New York City teachers who refused to receive the experimental COVID-19 shot were sent to the FBI with “problem code” flags, sparking outrage from teachers who were fired over the vaccine mandate.
Attorney John Bursch, who is representing teachers suing the city over the vaccine mandate, claimed in court that teachers who refused the jab now have a “flag in their file” that’s affecting their job prospects.
“When the city puts these problem codes on employees who have been terminated because of their unconstitutional policies, not only do they have this flag in their files, but their fingerprints are sent with that flag to the FBI and the New York Criminal Justice Services, so it impacts their ongoing ability to get employment at other places,” Bursch said on Feb. 8. Fingerprints of Unvaccinated NYC Teachers Reportedly Sent to FBI with ‘Problem Codes’
Rachelle Garcia, a former New York City teacher who refused to take the COVID jab, joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday to discuss the “invasion of privacy.”
“This is both outrageous and infuriating because my first question to the government or whatever, is basically, what did I do? What kind of criminal activity did I participate besides denying something that I felt that was right for me?” Garcia said to Ashley Strohmier. “Religiously, mentally, I just didn’t want anything experimental on my body, so what criminal activity does that persist?”
“I don’t understand,” she continued. “Like with why am I being flagged? Why is my fingerprint being sent to the FBI?”
“This is an invasion of privacy,” she added. “We have to stop them in their tracks now, and just I just want to say one more thing is that I don’t thrive on fear. And I feel like that’s what they try to do.”
Investigative journalist Betsy Combier explained in an affidavit how the Education Department was able to “flag” individuals without sufficient evidence of wrongdoing.
“I found out that the DOE has right now an agency called the Office of Personnel Investigation, and what they do is they have employees of the DOE who, forgive me, call themselves investigators, but they’re not,” Combier said.
“So they work for OPI, and when they get an accusation from anybody, it doesn’t matter who, well, the principals send it to them, but the original complaint against somebody could be made by anybody that this employee, that employee did something wrong.”
“Then they start putting the code on the file, and I think that that’s outrageous, like Rachel said, because no one is told why it’s there, what they did, and in most times, in my experience, the person did nothing wrong,” she continued.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) lifted the city’s vaccine mandate for city workers last Monday, raising questions about the future of the 1,780 workers who were fired for refusing to take the jab.
But it seems information on all the fired unvaccinated workers may now be in an FBI database somewhere, despite them committing no crime.