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What a Teacher Said to a Student Who Tried to Cut in Line Has Her Parents Reeling

Posted by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 3:20 AM
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What a Teacher Said to a Student Who Tried to Cut in Line Has Her Parents Reeling

A Jewish high school student at an exclusive British private girls’ school who tried to cut in line during lunch was reportedly reprimanded by a teacher who threatened to send her to “one of your gas chambers.”

The incident apparently occurred in January, Britain’s Daily Mail reported. According to the girl’s father, who was not named, the teacher made the comment after the 17-year-old girl unhooked a rope barrier within the lunch line at her school dining hall.

“A teacher was passing by and she rushed up to my daughter and said, ‘Don’t do that or I’ll have to send you to the back of the queue or to one of your gas chambers,’” the father told the Daily Mail.

Screenshot: North London Collegiate School's website.

Image source: North London Collegiate School

The father said the comment was heard by a large number of other students who were in line.

“It was very unpleasant, very uncalled for and very unfortunate. My daughter was shocked and upset. She didn’t say anything to the teacher at the time but all her friends expressed amazement. They kept saying, ‘Did she really say that?’” the girl’s father said.

North London Collegiate School, the pricey prep school, counts among its alumni actress Rachel Weisz and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, the Daily Mail noted.

In a statement, the school said it “is proud of its rich, multi-cultural history and celebrates equality and diversity within the school community. The school was recently made aware of an allegation of an offensive statement made by a member of staff. The school promptly commenced an investigation.”

“Having reached a determination and sought specialist legal advice, appropriate action was taken,” the statement said.

According to the Daily Mail, the teacher apologized privately to the girl, but several months later, the school has still not specified what type of action was taken.

The girl’s parents are now urging the headmistress to make a public statement to emphasize that the school took the remark seriously.

Another family reported the incident to the Community Security Trust, an organization that aims to combat anti-Semitism in Britain and to educate about the Holocaust, during which Jews were killed in Nazi gas chambers.

Community Security Trust communications director Mark Gardner told the Daily Mail, “This would be highly offensive in any circumstance, but to be directed at a pupil by a teacher is unheard of and makes it far worse.”

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spunknsass
by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 5:47 AM

Sounds like the closet racist accidentally slipped. I hope she gets fired.

cjsbmom
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 7:59 AM

What. The. Fark? 

Seriously? If that teacher isn't immediately fired, there is something seriously wrong with the administration at that school.

tiffsgrandma
by Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 8:36 AM

Sheeshhh, to use my favorite saying, Get over it already!!!!! Move on. What happened to the good ole days when one accepted an appology and move on???? Just move on!!!!!!!!!!!

Analeigh2012
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 8:52 AM
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Here is the thing with HR issues - the matter is private and should be.

What the school did was proper and just. They immediately investigated after being notified. They came to a resolution. They sought legal counsel. They administered corrective action. There is this pesky thing called employer / employee confidentiality. You (the world) do not get to know what happens.

Seeking legal counsel leads me to believe the corrective action was serious and may impact the teacher's contract.

Why does there seem to be this immediate call for everyone to be fired?

I'm not dismissing her actions I'm just coming from an HR perspective. Shut the hell up and let the employer follow the law / guidelines.
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Ziva65
by Bronze Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM
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I don't know about England... if I were the parent here, I'd try to get criminal charges against that teacher for a death threat...and I'd play the game liberals play here- get the ACLU as someone else suggested on that teacher and that school.

that would be just a start...\

unbelievable that someone in authority, at a prestigious school no less who prides themselves on "character", would make light of mass murder

Kate_Momof3
by Platinum Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Interesting that you would play the liberal game for your benefit. but disparage it otherwise.

Quoting Ziva65:

I don't know about England... if I were the parent here, I'd try to get criminal charges against that teacher for a death threat...and I'd play the game liberals play here- get the ACLU as someone else suggested on that teacher and that school.

that would be just a start...\

unbelievable that someone in authority, at a prestigious school no less who prides themselves on "character", would make light of mass murder


cali_gurl
by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

If this is real, the teacher needs to be fired. Basically like calling a black kid a nigger. And I am biracial/half black.

blueforewolf
by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 2:42 PM

I think that they should have some sort of assembly in which they talk about diversity, racism,antisemitism and stereotypes - how to take pride in your culture, ethnicity, etc  - How intolerance is not tolerated (I know I know) - like we have in the states, Black History Month - perhaps they should have a "celebrate your ancestors month" (which frankly I think we should do in the states in our schools to have children learn about others and show pride)

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