A high school teacher from New Jersey was removed and is looking at getting fired after they launched into an expletive-filled tirade directed at his students during a zoom class session.
Howard Zlotkin, during his tirade, called George Floyd a “f–ing criminal.” Floyd was killed, by police, during an attempted arrest on May 25, 2020, and former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of Floyd’s murder this past week.
As reported by NBC New York, Zlotkin’s classroom talk was originally directed at climate change, but veered wildly and devolved into the vulgar tirade. Zlotkin was the teacher for landscape and design at Dickinson High School.
“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 in a recording of the curse-laden tirade.
“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 continued in the recording.
A student in the class established the claim that the rant was aimed directly at the black students of the class, during the tirade Zlotkin told a group of four black female students to write him an essay. The student who made the claim, and her mother, took to the board of education but had not heard anything at all from them until after NBC New York was informed of the event. Zlotkin returned to class multiple days later and, again, burst into a profanity-filled tirade, but this time focussing on the complaining students who had not written the essays.
The mother of one of the students told the outlet in a statement that her 17-year-p;d daughter was in tears over the situation and asking: “Mom why is it there’s a problem with my skin?”
This time, however, on the same day that Zlotkin came back to the classroom, the school district announced that he had been removed after the second incident.
“The school was in the process of taking statements from students today before proceeding with disciplinary actions, and then the second video surfaced. 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,” stated the district in an announcement about the incident.
This past Friday, NBC News reported that Zlotkin stated to the outlet that “he could not comment until he speaks with a union attorney.”