According to NBC News, a New Jersey high school teacher was suspended after calling George Floyd a “[expletive] criminal” during a zoom class while under investigation for allegedly going on a tirade directed at his students.
Howard Zlotkin, who has been teaching at Dickinson High School in Jersey City for 20 years, was captured by the students during his profane rant in a Zoom lesson, which should have been a discussion on climate change.
“I hear people whining and crying about Black Lives Matter, but George Floyd was a [expletive] criminal and he got arrested and he got killed because he wouldn’t comply and the bottom line is we make him a [expletive] hero,” Zlotkin said in the video.
Timmia Williams, a 17-year-old senior, told NBC in an interview that Zlotkin seemed to focus his tirade on Black students, choosing out four black girls and assigned them to write essays.
Williams and her mother said they approached school administrators and the board of education right away. However, they did not hear anything until they contacted NBC New York.
Zlotkin was back in class on Thursday, much to the surprise of both mom and daughter, cursing at students again. Williams said he went off on her over her refusal to complete the essay.
“I don’t think you can make a case. You know what Timmia? You’re full of [expletive] too,” Zlotkin said.
The remarks of the teacher astounded Williams’ mother.
“Who does that? Who would curse, I don’t even curse at my own daughter,” she said.
Zlotkin is suspended with pay, according to the superintendent of the district, Franklin Walker, who spoke to NJ.com on Friday.
Walker also said that the district is investigating the rants. He called the language used “unacceptable.”
“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,” they said.