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April 13, 2014 10:04 am

London Teacher Threatens Jewish Student ‘I’ll Send You to One of Your Gas Chambers’

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North London Collegiate independent day school for girls. Photo: Flickr.

A London teacher threatened to send a Jewish student to the gas chambers for cutting the lunch line, Britain’s Daily Mail reported on Sunday.

The remark was made at North London Collegiate School, one of Britain’s leading independent day schools for girls. Its former students include actress Rachel Weisz and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The girl’s father, who asked for the family to remain anonymous, told the Daily Mail, “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 offensive comment was overheard by a large number of other students present at the time.

“It was very unpleasant, very uncalled for and very unfortunate,” he added. “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?'”

Another family reported the matter to the Community Security Trust, a UK group which fights anti-Semitism and campaigns for better public education about the Holocaust in Britain. The female teacher apologized privately to the student according to the report, but the school refused to name the educator or explain what disciplinary action was taken following the incident, which happened in January.

The girl’s father said he hopes for more action from the school.

“My wife and I would also like the school to make a public statement that there has been an incident and [the remark] was totally unacceptable,” he told the Daily Mail.

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  • Alice

    This incident has been completely over exaggerated by the press. Although the teacher obviously made a stupid and careless comment, she did not actually know the student, nor that she was Jewish. It was essentially just a dumb comment made in unfortunate circumstances. If the girl was not Jewish this comment would have just been dismissed but it seems the girl or her parents have taken this and used it to take to the press and gain the upper hand against the school and teacher.

  • Judonihm

    What this calls for is final solution ending this teacher’s career in the classroom.

  • A. Sanders

    The Jewish parents of the children who attend this school immediately withdraw them from the school. It has been reported that Jewish children account for 25% of the pupils. Unless the school agrees to sack as well as name the teacher involved. “Sorry” and an “apology’s not enough when it comes to this virulent form of anti-Semitism. I wonder what would have happened if it was a muslim pupil who was remonstrated in this totally unacceptable manner.

  • peter Richmond

    Fire the “woman”! ALWAYS have someone following her to expose her Nazi philosophy! She deserves nothing less FOREVER!!

  • Andrew

    An apology given after being dressed down is not sincere. The teacher knew what she was saying and should be fired for her comment and teaching license revoked.

  • shloime

    there are 3 parts to this incident: the broader community, the school, and the teacher.

    the broader community, such as this press report, express indignation at this obvious expression of anti-semitism, and that is fine as far as it goes.

    and the school has, somewhat, distanced itself from the incident, and orchestrated an apology. but is this sufficient? at least in part, such an apology is self-serving, to rehabilitate the teacher’s career and the school’s reputation, but it does nothing to fix the underlying anti-semitism, it just covers it up.

    not a perfect solution, but wouldn’t it be more credible if the school had insisted that the teacher complete a course in holocaust education, as a condition of their continued employment?

  • E Pluribus Wombat

    Wow, a future LSE professor.

    • judorebbe

      Are there any positions open at Brandeis?