After launching into a foul-mouthed tirade during a class about the death of George Floyd, a teacher named Howard Zlotkin was fired.
During a Zoom session, angry New Jersey lecturer Howard Zlotkin referred to Floyd, who died at the hands of police in May 2020, as a “f*****g criminal.”
His age is unknown.
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The first alleged meltdown over Zoom by Dickinson High School teacher Howard Zlotkin, which was filmed by a classmate and obtained by NBC New York, happened this week during what was supposed to be a class discussion about climate change.
According to the video, the science teacher said, “If you think I’m privileged then f—k you, because my daughter thinks I’m privileged and I don’t speak to her,”
Zlotkin said in the recording, “I hear people whining and crying about Black Lives Matter, but George Floyd was an “f—ing criminal and he got arrested and he got killed because he wouldn’t comply and the bottom line is we make him an “f—ing hero,”
According to the report, Zlotkin, who is white, seemed to concentrate his rant on black students, assigning essays to four black girls in the class, including 17-year-old senior Timmia Williams.
Zlotkin had another outburst, according to Williams, when she declined to finish the article. According to the recording, Zlotkin told her the next day in class, “I don’t think you can make a case. You know what Timmia? You’re full of s–t too,”
Margie Nieves told NBC New York, “Who does that? Who would curse, I don’t even curse at my own daughter,”
The superintendent of the district, Franklin Walker, told NJ.com on Friday that Zlotkin had been suspended with pay.
The rants are being investigated by the district, according to Walker, who called the language used in the “unacceptable.” According to NJ.com, Zlotkin has been teaching at Dickinson High School in Jersey City for 20 years.
He also holds an adjunct professorship at Hudson County Community College, which he has been removed from, according to the news site.