Cleveland schools employee resigns; social media users identify her as woman inside Capitol during violent pro-Trump riot

Updated: Jan. 8, 2021 at 2:59 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland Metropolitan School District occupational therapist resigned on Friday-- the same day she was identified by social media users as a woman in a picture during the violent D.C. riot posted by both the FBI and D.C. Police Department.

On Friday evening, FBI spokesperson Vicki Anderson told 19 News, “We do have law enforcement activity at her residence - at this time no one is being taken into custody.”

Law enforcement at home of now-former Cleveland schools employee social media users identified...
Law enforcement at home of now-former Cleveland schools employee social media users identified as woman inside Capitol during violent pro-Trump riot(WOIO)

Several social media users said 49-year-old Christine M. Priola was the woman standing in Senate chambers in one of many pictures shared by authorities.

Important message to the citizens of the City of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio regarding the recent riots at the U.S....

Posted by Cleveland Metropolitan School District on Friday, January 8, 2021

19 News has reached out to some people who have pointed the finger for comment.

The FBI declined to comment on individuals it might be investigating.

The school district did not say if the woman in the photo is Priola.

The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying individuals who made unlawful entry into the U.S. Capitol on...

Posted by FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation on Thursday, January 7, 2021

In her letter of resignation filed with CMSD Jan. 7, she listed three reasons for her resignation:

  1. I will not be taking the coronavirus vaccine in order to return to in-person learning.
  2. I will be switching paths to expose the global evil of human trafficking and pedophilia, including in our government and children’s services agencies.
  3. I do not agree with my union dues which help fund people and groups that support the killing of unborn children.

The Cleveland Board of Education accepted her resignation today.

Priola worked at CMSD since 2010.

19 News reached out to Priola but has not heard back for comments.

School employees in Ohio are scheduled to receive the Covid-19 vaccine on Feb. 1 if the district agrees to return to in-class learning in March, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced this week.

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