Fingerprints of Unvaccinated NYC Teachers Flagged to FBI

by Michael Kane


On February 8, 2023, while arguing on behalf of fired NYC workers who declined covid vaccination, attorney John Bursch stated in open court that unvaccinated teachers in New York City were flagged with problem codes in their personnel files, and when that occurred “their fingerprints are sent with that flag to the FBI and the New York Criminal Justice Services.”

You can listen to Bursch make this statement at the 5:30 mark of the audio recording of the court proceeding.

The source of this information is Betsy Combier who wrote an affidavit (see pdf below) in the Kane v. de Blasio case where she stated unvaccinated teachers were given a “problem code” label that was “then sent to the national databases at both the Federal Bureau of Investigation” (FBI) and the Department of Justice (DOJ).

In federal court on February 8th attorney Susan Paulson who was defending NYC stated that educators fired for declining covid vaccination were not removed for misconduct, but rather for not meeting a requirement for employment.

If there was no misconduct, why are unvaccinated educators fingerprints sent to the FBI?

I believe that unvaccinated NYC educators were being setup to be viewed as “right-wing extremists” or even “terrorists.” We know for many years Dr. Peter Hotez has been promoting an insane narrative that those who are “vaccine hesitant” are an extremely dangerous group, and that we need to look to Homeland Security and even NATO for suggestions of how to deal with such a “threat.” (watch Part 1 & 2 of Dan Cohen’s investigation into Dr. Peter Hotez)

If we look at those who declined covid vaccination through this lens, it is easy to see why their sensitive biometric information (like fingerprints) would be illegally sent to the FBI.

Educators who declined covid vaccination – including myself – had every right to do so. No one is a “terrorist” or “extremist” for holding the line on what does and does not go inside of their bodies – especially injected directly into their muscle tissue.

These developments are certain to open up a new round of lawsuits.

Violations of educators (and students) rights to their biometric information by NYC is no surprise to me. The first time I sued the city was back in 2020 over in-school covid testing and the privacy rights to the DNA in the specimen provided. Turned out the covid testing company then-mayor Bill de Blasio contracted – FULGENT GENETICS – reserved the right to utilize DNA samples obtained from covid testing and catalogue it in proprietary libraries the company owned. Also turned out Fulgent had close ties to the Chinese Government.

Never trust NYC or their Department of “Education.”


Michael Kane is the founder of He was an NYC public school teacher for over 14 years until he was fired for declining covid vaccination. He is also the Grassroots Organizer for Children’s Health Defense.

55 thoughts on “Fingerprints of Unvaccinated NYC Teachers Flagged to FBI

  1. I am a teacher who was terminated October 2021, and consequently retired as a result of my financial dilemma. I am truly upset and disgusted to learn that I, among others, was criminalized and my rights infringed upon by the NYCDOE for my personal health choice. I support any legal action for this blatant abuse of authority.


  2. The rocks are crying out from the ground and Justice is arising after having fallen in the streets. The beginning of the pendulum swinging back like a Sword of Damocles.


  3. I assume NYC performs background checks in their teachers and usually, as part of the background check, teachers are fingerprinted. These fingerprints are sent through their state to the FBI and are retained in their database as an Applicant submission, not Criminal submission. It sounds like they don’t know what happens during a background check.


    1. You are incorrect that my attorneys and the investigators involved “don’t know what happens” during background checks. Yes, NYC teachers fingerprints are sent to a non-criminal FBI database. However what happened to unvaccinated teachers (and many other teachers for many other reasons for decades) is a “problem code” FLAG” was placed on their fingerprints and sent to the FBI and DOJ. That flag is a major problem that can prevent one from gaining employment.


      1. Is there more of an explanation of what the “flag” was that was sent to the FBI? Since the flag affects the teachers background check, what does the background check say? I know of the NASDTEC Clearinghouse, but I’ve never seen the FBI involved with updating that database.


    2. (I can’t seem to reply to your latest comment so putting here)

      ANNIE you wrote – Is there more of an explanation of what the “flag” was that was sent to the FBI? Since the flag affects the teachers background check, what does the background check say? I know of the NASDTEC Clearinghouse, but I’ve never seen the FBI involved with updating that database.


      MY RESPONSE – I don’t have much more information on that. We need an investigation to find out everything. The mayor’s office has just denied their codes do anything external in the NY POST: that they are only internal in nature. However that is not what Betsy Combier says from I can tell you I know for a fact there area teachers who tried to get other jobs and were told that they couldn’t get their fingerprints cleared. This especially seems to be a problem with any NYC DOE vendors of any sort (from private schools to service agencies).

      We need an investigation to answer all of the questions.


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