Teacher suspended after cursing at students and ridiculing George Floyd
A New Jersey High School teacher has been suspended with pay after he was caught on tape cursing at his students and ridiculing George Floyd.
“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,” Howard Zlotkin told his students during class being held remotely on Zoom.
“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 to a black female student.
Mussab Ali, the Jersey City Board of Education president, wrote on his Facebook page that Zlotkin was suspended amid an ongoing investigation.
“The comments made by this individual are not representative of our district or our city,” Ali said. “In June of last year, our Board of Education passed a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis in light of the horrific murder of George Floyd.”
Zlotkin is also an adjunct professor at Hudson County Community College, not far from the high school. HCCC said it suspended Zlotkin with pay, pending an investigation, after becoming aware of his “offensive and derogatory language while teaching a Dickinson High School Zoom,” In a statement.
The incident occurs just days after a female college professor in Southern California was placed on leave after making multiple anti-police comments during a class discussion. She gets more confrontational as the discussion continues, with her telling the student that she didn’t trust the police and wouldn’t call them in an emergency because “My life’s more in danger in their presence.”
“I was shocked. I didn’t really expect an answer like that. I was assuming that she would just play devil’s advocate,” the student said. “But she put her bias in there, and she gave me what she thought of the police, and it was a little bit sad, to be honest with you.”
The school has released a statement, which reads in part: “Cypress College takes great pride in fostering a learning environment for students where ideas and opinions are exchanged. … Any efforts to suppress free and respectful expression on our campus will not be tolerated.”