An image of teacher Jennifer Mitts

D.L. Hughley recognizes Red Bank High School teacher Jennifer Mitts as this week’s Human Being of the Week for saving her student’s life and even paying the bill…even if she did get fired for her heroism.

According to Huffington Post, Mitts rushed her sick student, who was also seven months pregnant, to the ER. After learning of her actions, Mitts said school officials “dictated to (me) what (I) should write in the resignation letter, including forcing (me) to waive (my) right to a hearing.”

A petition in support of Mitts, who had been teaching at Red Bank for 14 years, had more than 500 signatures as of Monday afternoon. The petition says that while Mitts previously got in trouble for taking an ill student to a doctor (with permission from the student’s parents), she thought this time was different because the student was over 18 years of age.

One of the petitioners claimed to be the student Mitts took to the doctor:

“I was the student that she took to the ER [emergency room] last year. I had a temp of 105, pneumonia, a kidney infection and a bladder infection. I was also 7 months pregnant. Ms. Mitts saved my baby boy’s life as well as mine! And she did it out of the kindness of her heart, NOT because I asked [all sic],” reads the comment

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