New Jersey teacher resigns after student’s Hitler assignment

July 13, 2021 GMT

TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey elementary school teacher will resign and a principal will be reinstated following a school board investigation into an incident involving a student who wrote an essay in Adolf Hitler’s point of view and later dressed as Hitler for an assignment.

On Monday at a school board meeting, the board voted to accept the teacher’s resignation after the unnamed teacher was on leave of absence since May. The board also reinstated Principal Jennifer Ferrara to Maugham Elementary School, reported NorthJersey.com.

The online outrage began when a photo of the student’s report hanging in the school’s hallway was posted on social media in late May. The teacher and principal were put on paid leave during the superintendent’s investigation of the assignment.

Ferrara spoke at the board meeting and expressed her regrets, the website said.

School board President Jocelyn Schwarz said the administration will work with Ferrara to provide an easy transition and “foster a safe and learning environment.”