Chicago teacher battling cancer refuses to stop in-person classes

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‘I can still be of service to my students’: Chicago teacher battling cancer refuses to stop in-person classes because he wants to ‘make my life relevant’ despite woke teachers’ union vote to cancel them

Joseph Ocol, teacher and chess coach, said last night that he wants to ‘make my life relevant somehow’.  

It comes the day after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot launched a blistering attack on the city’s woke teachers’ unions for shuttering the city’s schools for a second day over COVID fears. 

Speaking at a press conference Wednesday after talks on averting a Thursday closure broke down, Lightfoot vowed to stand up to the unions, having already halted pay for teachers who didn’t show up to classes in person.

Joseph Ocol (pictured), teacher and chess coach, said last night that he wants to 'make my life relevant somehow'

Mr Ocol told Tucker Carlson Tonight: ‘I joined the Chicago public schools as a teacher first and foremost and I believe my role should be inside the classroom with my students.  

‘Despite my battling cancer, I still have a role to play right now. I just want to make my life relevant somehow. The thought that I can still be of service to my students and I can touch their lives and make a difference in their lives.’

CTU President Jesse Sharkey (pictured) defended the controversial decision claiming 'going in puts students and staff at risk' and that the union doesn't trust the city

He added that he disagrees with the union for ‘dangling the plight of the kids’ in a middle of a fight with City Hall. 

And he noted that forcing parents to stay home to look after and teach their own children means they are unable to go and earn a living themselves.  

He added: ‘I have 82 students in my classroom and I am not aware of anyone having Covid.’ 

It comes the day after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (pictured) launched a blistering attack on the city's woke teachers' unions for shuttering the city's schools for a second day over COVID fears

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