A professor at the University of Georgia unexpectedly quit in the middle of class after a student refused to wear a mask on Tuesday.
Psychology professor Irwin Bernstein, 88, announced his sudden “retirement” after one of his students refused to wear her mask properly despite several attempts to get her to do so, according to University of Georgia student newspaper The Red & Black. The student initially arrived to class unmasked and Bernstein requested she get one from a university office. After the student was given an extra mask from a fellow classmate, she refused to wear it over her nose claiming she “couldn’t breathe” with it on.
Bernstein informed the student he could die due to COVID-19 as he had Type 2 diabetes and hypertension. However, the girl continued to not wear her mask correctly.
“At that point I said that whereas I had risked my life to defend my country while in the Air Force, I was not willing to risk my life to teach a…