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After 2 Educators Die of COVID, Cobb County Teachers Demand Classrooms Stay Closed

Hours after two educators died of COVID-19, more than 100 teachers, students, parents and community members packed the parking lot outside a Cobb County Board of Education meeting to demand the school district continue with remote-only learning.

Two educators — Kemp Elementary School teacher Dana Johnson and Sedalia Park Elementary School paraprofessional Cynthia Lindsey — died Thursday from COVID-19. Patrick Key, another Cobb educator, died Christmas Day after a month-long battle with the disease.

Protesters lined the parking lot holding signs, some of which read “No more teacher deaths” and “How many GoFundMe campaigns?” Some supporters stayed in their cars and repeatedly honked their horns to show solidarity with the protesters during the hour leading up to the 7 p.m. meeting. Protesters also chanted phrases, including “One team. One goal. Save our lives.”

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