By Sonnet Swire, CNN
An employee at an elementary school in Washington, DC, is under investigation after allegedly telling third-graders to reenact incidents from the Holocaust, DC Public Schools (DCPS) said in a statement to CNN. .
A DCPS official said the instructor was placed on leave Friday pending an investigation.
Follow washington articles, which first reported the alleged incident. The parent of one of the students told the newspaper their child said the staff member had made anti-Semitic remarks.
The parent also told the Post that the instructor asked the students not to tell anyone about the reenactment, but they did tell their homeroom teacher.
The third class met with the school’s mental health response team after the incident, the Post reported.
“Earlier today, we received reports of a class where students received a lesson that included depicting different perspectives of the Massacre,” Principal MScott Berkowitz wrote in a letter. sent to parents Friday and collected by CNN.
“Students are never tasked with committing any atrocities, especially genocide and war. In addition, there are allegations of a staff member using hate speech during school hours, which is unacceptable and unacceptable at our school,” the letter read.
The employee was not named and specific information about the alleged hate speech was not shared in Berkowitz’s letter.
“This is not an approved lesson plan, and we sincerely apologize to our students and families who have suffered through this incident,” DCPS told CNN, adding the district The principal has “opened an investigation, and the student is being supported by our DCPS Comprehensive Alternatives and Equity Settlement Team. ”
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https://kesq.com/news/national-world/cnn-national/2021/12/20/third-grade-students-were-allegedly-told-to-reenact-elements-of-the-holocaust-2/ Third graders are said to have reenacted elements of the Holocaust