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Substitute teacher fired over video showing empty bookshelves

Published on February 20, 2023 at 2:44 pm

A substitute teacher in Jacksonville was fired after video he posted on social media showed rows of empty bookshelves in Mandarin Middle School’s library, an action Duval County Public Schools deemed a violation of the social media and cellphone policy.

The teacher, Brian Covey, told News4JAX he posted the video to expose the public to the impact of new state-wide laws requiring the mass review of all library media and classroom materials. Several teachers across the state have been sharing similar photos and videos of bookshelves in an effort to reveal how school districts are responding to those new Florida laws.

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The school district says Covey’s video didn’t tell the full story. On Friday, three weeks after Covey’s video was posted, the district’s communications team posted a reply: a video showing what appears to be the same library from another angle, and shows several book-lined shelves.

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author image author image Khalil Maycock joined the News4JAX team in November 2022 after reporting in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. During his time there, he did a journalism program study abroad in Cuba. His broadcast career began in Savannah, Georgia, where he was a bureau reporter. Khalil grew up in South Florida,
author image author image Khalil Maycock joined the News4JAX team in November 2022 after reporting in Des Moines, Iowa. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. During his time there, he did a journalism program study abroad in Cuba. His broadcast career began in Savannah, Georgia, where he was a bureau reporter. Khalil grew up in South Florida,