In the video, 10 teachers were invited to compete for money at a small hockey tournament as fans watched from the stands. They wore helmets and scrambled for $1 bills on the field. The total amount is about 5,000 USD.
The images in the video have outraged and bewildered social media users in the US, including some congressmen. Critics have questioned budget priorities in the US. Democratic Representative Jim McGovern also spoke out about the video.
The scene of the hockey field where the incident took place
“We spend billions of dollars on weapons systems the military doesn’t want,” McGovern wrote on Twitter. Meanwhile, teachers were forced to scramble for 1 USD on the ground because the school was too short of money.
In response, a spokesman for CU Mortgage, which contributed money to the event, said it was a “wonderful” thing to do for teachers. “Given what teachers have been through the past few years, we think this is a great thing for them,” the spokesman said.