Georgia, Vermont – A Vermont teacher lost her position as a substitute after she instructed her students to properly give the Nazi salute, then perform the gesture as they were on their way to the cafeteria. The class of third-graders from Georgia Elementary School displayed the salute on Thursday, according to a report, including a reverent “hail” to Hitler.
According to School Superintendent Ned Kirsch, the incident was disturbing, according to WCAX, and the school took immediate action.
Kirsch sent an email to parents, describing the incident:
“The children were standing with their arm out in front of them and the teacher was modeling the position. She then raised her arm slightly and said, ‘And now we say, Heil Hitler.'”
In the email, Kirsch said the teacher admitted doing this, but he reports not knowing what her intent was.
“It’s not a pattern,” Kirsch told Seven Days on Friday. “[I] never had a report about her, nothing. No one can quite understand what happened.”
“I’m at a loss on the whole thing,” Kirsch admitted. “People are shocked. People I’ve spoken to are at a loss for words.”
Parents interviewed by WCAX on Friday morning hadn’t heard about the incident. After learning of the event, some called the school, who confirmed that the incident took place, and that it had been handled.
In Kirsch’s Friday email, he informed parents that a guidance counselor would visit the classroom to ensure the students still felt safe and secure.
The substitute teacher’s name wasn’t released, however she has been a substitute teacher at the school for years, according to reports, subbing that day for a teacher on maternity leave.
Substitute teacher at Georgia Elementary School in Vt. has been fired after encouraging 3rd graders to give the “Heil Hitler” salute @wcax
— Taylor Young (@WCAX_Taylor) September 22, 2017
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