UK: Teacher told Jewish children that she would ship them off to the gas chambers
A teacher at Newberries Primary School, Hertfordshire, has been fired after telling Jewish children that she would ‘ship them off to the gas chambers’ if they did not finish their homework.
The teacher made the anti-Semitic remark on Thursday while teaching a class of 28 ten-year-olds, 11 of whom are Jewish.
According to parents, she said: ‘You better finish off your work quick, or I’ll ship you all off to the gas chambers.’
Afterward, the teacher reportedly apologized, said she was joking and asked the students not to say anything.
The pupils reported the antisemitic comment to parents who then shared their outrage on school WhatsApp groups.
Yesterday, a spokesman for the school said: ‘We can confirm that last week we were made aware that an alleged racist comment had been made by an agency teacher working within the school.
‘We acted on this immediately and our governors and leadership team are undertaking a full investigation. The agency teacher will not be returning.’
The school, which has 203 pupils aged four to 11, is in Radlett, Hertfordshire, a commuter village where around a quarter of the 8,000 residents are Jews.