A New Jersey teacher has been removed from teaching his virtual class after going off on a profanity-laced rant against his students about race, Black Lives Matter and George Floyd. Dickinson High School teacher Howard Zlotkin was teaching a lesson about climate change before it turned into race according to NBC New York. Zlotkin went off against anyone who perceived him to have white privilege, including his own daughter, telling them “f— you.”
“If you think I’m privileged then f— you, because my daughter thinks I’m privileged and I don’t speak to her,” he said on Zoom, which was captured on video by a student. Dickinson High School senior Timmia Williams, 17, says Zlotkin yelled and cursed at students.
“I hear people whining and crying about Black Lives Matter, but George Floyd was a f—–g criminal and he got arrested and he got killed because he wouldn’t comply and the bottom line is we make him a f—–g hero,” Zlotkin said. The teacher specifically targeted four Black female students and demanded they each write an essay. Williams and her mother Margie Nieves reached out to school officials, but didn’t hear back from them until theshe contacted the news station.
“Who does that? Who would curse, I don’t even curse at my own daughter,” Nieves said. The mother and daughter says they were shocked to see Zlotkin returned to class and again cursed at students. He called out Williams who had refused to complete the essay he asked her and the other Black students to write.
“I don’t think you can make a case. You know what Timmia? You’re full of s–t too,” Zlotkin said.
Nieves said her teenage daughter was left in tears after the incident. “She was crying. She came to me, tells me, ‘Mom why is it there’s a problem with my skin?’” she said.
Dickinson High School officials says Zlotkin was temporarily removed from the classroom and school is looking into the incident, but didn’t indicate if there would be any further discipline.
“The school was in the process of taking statements from students today before proceeding with disciplinary actions, and then the second video surfaced,” the school said in a statement. “The teacher will not have access to students or the school as we proceed. We are appalled by the statements, profanity, disrespect and treatment of students.”
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