Long-time Georgia Teacher Dies of Coronavirus in School District That Chose to Let Teachers Wear Jeans Over Requiring Masks

Penny Gary Hill’s Mortuary, Inc via Facebook

A longtime teacher at a Georgia high school died over the weekend after losing a battle to COVID-19, weeks after the district’s superintendent refused to issue a mask mandate—and instead said teachers could wear jeans for a month.

Bulloch County Coroner Jake Futch confirmed to local outlets that Penny Gary, 58, a Statesboro High School teacher, died due to complications from COVID-19 at East Georgia Regional Medical Center on Sunday. It’s unclear if Gary had been vaccinated or teaching in-person since the school year got underway earlier this month, but Bulloch County schools are largely operating in-person.

“It’s a great loss to this community because she cared not only for us students but for teachers as well, she had a lot of compassion towards everybody,” William Hill, a former student who graduated from the school last year, told WJCL in an interview. “She would just make sure you were on the right track, to get you prepared for life after high school. Get you prepared for your career and everything. The past students and students currently here, we’re going to miss her greatly. There’s going to be a big void left in the Statesboro High School community.”

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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Zoe Richards