Benjamin Plummer reportedly told students during a Zoom class that he was present during the incident that led to five deaths – including a Capitol police officer – and one student recorded his comments.
It is unclear whether Plummer was part of the mob that actually stormed the Capitol, or if he participated in any crimes. The FBI has arrested more than 250 people who were allegedly involved in the riot.
Plummer taught social studies at Fred Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, Va.
As first reported by the Prince William Times, Plummer could be seen and heard via an online class, saying he was there at the US Capitol riot.
He went on to say the media is blaming Trump supporters, calling it all "a set up."
In the video posted to Twitter, Plummer said Trump supporters who participated in the riot were peaceful, then compared the violent demonstration at the Capitol to the Black Lives Matter protests over the summer, saying rioters that stormed the US Capitol did not "damage or hurt things."
The Prince William County chapter of the NAACP demanded that he be terminated.