Howard Zlotkin is under fire after rebelling over Zoom on Wednesday against his Jersey City high school students
A New Jersey high school teacher was paid from the class and is being investigated after committing a vulgar tirade aimed at his own students.
Dickinson High School students were subjected to the hateful tirade during a remote class above Zoom.
Wednesday’s conversation initially focused on climate change, before landscape and design teacher Howard Zlotkin took it in a different direction.
“If you think I’m privileged, f *** you because my daughter thinks I’m privileged and I’m not talking to her,” Zlotkin said to the class, who were taken in.
At one point, he allegedly said ‘f *** you’ to a college student while pointing his middle finger at them.
Zlotkin went on to delve into racial territory, commenting on George Floyd, and denouncing the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘I hear people wailing and crying about Black Lives Matter but George Floyd was af ***** g criminal and he got arrested and he was killed for not wanting to comply and the bottom line is we f *** him ** g hero, ”says Zlotkin.
Senior Timmia Williams, 17, also shared NBC New York that Zlotkin demanded essays from four of the black female students in the class, although it is not clear what those essays would be about.
Howard Zlotkin, a Jersey City teacher, was caught in a racist rant on Wednesday
The teacher called George Floyd an ‘f ***** g criminal’ and said he wasn’t a hero
Williams and her mother contacted school and education board officials to discuss the incident, but initially heard nothing.
Zlotkin was teaching again on Thursday, when he reportedly targeted Williams for refusing to write the essay he demanded.
“I don’t think you can make a case,” said Zlotkin. ‘You know what Timmia? You’re full s ** t too. ‘
Williams cried to her mother about the vulgar incident.
“She was crying,” Williams’s mother, Margie Nieves, told NBC New York. ‘She came up to me and said,’ Mom, why is there a problem with my skin? ”
Zlotkin also reportedly pointed his middle finger at a student during Zoom class
Timmia Williams, 17, was the direct recipient of some of Zlotkin’s verbal attacks
At that point, the Jersey City Public Schools district finally stepped in and removed Zlotkin from his role as a teacher, giving him a paid suspension.
“The school was recording student statements before proceeding to disciplinary action, and then the second video surfaced,” the district said in a statement.
‘The teacher has no access to the students or the school as we proceed. We are shocked by the statements, blasphemy, disrespect and treatment of students. ‘
Chief Inspector Franklin Walker also commented on the teacher, calling his behavior “unacceptable.”
He told NJ.com that “some of it could be on a par with a hate crime.” Students at the school are offered guidance.
“We know it affected them in some way,” Walker said. ‘If this is the way [teacher] then feels that there are other things that could certainly have happened, things that were said to address his personal feelings, which do not belong in our children in the classroom. ‘
Zlotkin, who has not commented on the videos, is also an adjunct professor at Hudson County Community College and New Jersey City University, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Zlotkin is a teacher at Dickinson High School, where he has been banned from paying
As a result of this incident, he has been suspended from Hudson County Community College.
HCCC spokeswoman Jennifer Christopher said he violated the school’s anti-harassment and professional conduct policies.
Zlotkin’s directory page on the New Jersey City University website no longer appears to be active.
He has worked at Dickinson High School for 20 years and teaches other courses in biology and science during his two decades with the school.