New Jersey teacher suspended after arguing with black students about death of George Floyd during online class
A New Jersey high school teacher was placed on a paid leave after a video showing him berating black students about the death of George Floyd during an online video conference.
Howard Zlotkin, an educator with Dickinson High School, called Floyd a criminal and slammed the black community making a hero out of him when talking to his class about climate change. Zlotkin’s opinion pissed his black students off.
“I hear people whining and crying about Black Lives Matter, but George Floyd was a f****** criminal and he got arrested and he got killed because he wouldn’t comply and the bottom line is we make him a f****** hero,” Zlotkin said on the recording made by a student.
“You guys emulate people, people that are just f***ing wrong, that are criminals, and you’re making them right because they’re black or they’ve got a bad story.”
“I come to work, I happen to get paid by my black vice principal who thinks I’m f***ing privileged, too,” he said.
When one of the student argued his statements, the scientist repolied:
“If you think I’m privileged then f*** you, because my daughter thinks I’m privileged and I don’t speak to her.”
Mother of one of the female students reported of Zlotkin to the school board after the video of the online class and the confrontation surfaced, spicing the things up with his recent assignment for the four students to write an essay “why back lives matter.”
The situation got worst when the second video of Zlotkin cursing at one of the students who failed to write the essay appeared.
“You know what, Timmia, don’t worry about it, you’re full of s*** too!” Zlotkin told a 17-year-old student.
A school official released a statement over the case and attempted to explain the discrepancy.
“The school was in the process of taking statements from students today before proceeding with disciplinary actions, and then the second video surfaced,” said Norma Fernandez of Jersey City Public Schools.
“The teacher will not have access to students or the school as we proceed,” she added. “We are appalled by the statements, profanity, disrespect, and treatment of students.”
The incident is under the internal investigation. The school officials said that Zlotkin is tenured and that complicates matters.
“I just hope he doesn’t teach at all!” said Margie Nieves, a mother of one of the students.