A New Jersey high school teacher has been suspended for making rude comments to students about George Floyd.
The recording, aired by WNBC-TV, showed Dickinson’s high school science teacher Howard Zlotkin talking about Floyd and Black Lives Matter during what should be a discussion about climate change in the Zoom class about. Landscape and design
In the photo, Zlotkin, a white man, hears people “crying and crying about Black Lives Matter.” He then mentions Floyd with profanity as a “criminal” who “was arrested and killed for not. Submissive. “Another profanity was heard as he said Floyd was treated as a” hero “.
Floyd, 46, was killed during the arrest of counterfeit bills in Minneapolis in May last year. Former police officer Derek Chauvin, who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, was found guilty of murder last month.
The video of Slotkin’s speech and another video taken the next day included insulting the student and a rude gesture too, WNBC reported.Students said Zlotkin became furious when she and three other students challenged him and that all four were given the word. Ordered an essay on “Why Black life should be important,” a task that was not given to other students.
Superintendent Franklin Walker told NJ.com that the language was “unacceptable.” He said the district was investigating and police had been informed. “Because some of them are on the same level as hate crimes.”
“The opinions expressed are very biased, and he shouldn’t have had that conversation with kids who had nothing to do with the topic of the classroom,” Walker said. Say those things “
The teachers’ union declined comment until more information was available, said Ron Greco, the union president.
Jersey City Public Schools said the school had received clarification from students “before disciplinary action” until a second-day class video appeared.
“Teachers will not be able to reach students or schools as we work,” spokesman Norma Fernandez said. “We are shocked by profanity, insults and treatment of students.”
Zlotkin, who has been at the school for 20 years, was also withheld from payment from his assistant professorship at Hudson County Community College, NJ.com reported.
A spokeswoman said “offensive and derogatory language” violated the College’s Anti-Harassment and Professional Practice Policy.
Zlotkin declined comment to the New York Times, citing the investigation. But called this a “well edited soundbite” and said he would. “Love, someday to give my story”