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Dickinson High School teacher Howard Zlotkin targeted his black students and used profanity as he complained about his ‘privilege’
A teacher in New Jersey has been removed from the virtual classroom after making a rude speech against his students about race, Black Lives Matter and George Floyd.
Teacher at Dickinson High School Howard Zlotkin was teaching a lesson on climate change before the conversation turned into a race, reports NBC New York. Zlotkin insulted those who perceived him to have white privilege, including his own daughter, by telling them “f… you”.
“If you think I’m privileged, then f… you, because my daughter thinks I’m privileged and I’m not talking to her,” he told Zoom, which was recorded by a student.
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Dickinson high school senior Timmia williams, 17, said Zlotkin got more angry while shouting and cursing at the students.
“I hear people complaining and crying about Black Lives Matter, but George Floyd was a criminal and he was arrested and he was killed because he didn’t want to comply. Zlotkin said. He specifically targeted four black female students and demanded that they each write an essay.
Williams and his mother, Margie Nieves, said they contacted school officials but received no response before contacting the news station.
“Who do this? Who would curse, I don’t even swear against my own daughter, ”Nieves said.
The mother and daughter said they were shocked to see Zlotkin returned to class and cursed the students again. He also called Williams who had refused to complete the essay he had asked him and the other black students to write.
“I don’t think you can plead. You know what Timmia? You’re full of shit too, ”Zlotkin said on another recording of his remarks.
Nieves said her teenage daughter was left in tears after the virtual classroom incident. “She was crying. She came to see me and said, ‘Mom, why is there a problem with my skin?’ She recalls.
Contacted by NBC New York, officials at Dickinson High School said Zlotkin had been temporarily removed from the classroom and school as they investigated the incident, but did not indicate whether there would have further disciplinary action.
“The school was taking statements from students today before proceeding with disciplinary action, and then the second video surfaced,” the school said in a statement. “The teacher will not have access to the students or the school as we move forward. We are appalled by the statements, the profanity, the disrespect and the treatment of students. “
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