(ETH) – An 88-year-old University of Georgia professor announced an abrupt retirement in the middle of class because a student reportedly refused to wear a mask over her nose, according to TheBlaze.
Irwin Bernstein, a former professor of psychology, resigned just minutes into a class after a student reportedly refused to wear her mask up over her nose. At the time of this reporting, the University of Georgia does not require students, faculty, or staff to wear face masks while inside campus facilities, including classrooms.
According to Insider, Professor Irwin Bernstein told the University of Georgia’s student newspaper, The Red & Black, that one of his students had shown up to his class on the second day of school without a mask. When a peer gave the student a mask to wear in class, she did not wear it across her face properly.
She said she found it difficult to breathe with the mask over her nose, the most effective way to wear a face covering, health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
My professor just walked out because some girl refuses to wear a mask.
— Hannah Banana (@hannahhuffn) August 24, 2021
Bernstein asked her numerous times to wear the mask correctly, he told The Red & Black. The student ignored each request, he said. “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 class with an unmasked student during this Pandemic,” said Bernstein, who taught psychology.