A New Jersey teacher is accused of telling a Muslim student that “we don’t negotiate with terrorists” during a discussion of the New York City terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
WNBC-TV in New York reported Monday that the teacher was removed from the school district’s Al-Ittihad Academy in Belleville following an incident with 17-year-old Tehuti Goldfarb, who is Muslim.
The station reported that Goldfarb, who attends The Fink School at The Al-Ittihad Academy, alerted administrators after the teacher made the remark.
“This morning I received a call from a friend who had entered his classroom and that was when he heard what happened,” New Jersey Department of Education Spokesman David Redlawsk told WNBC-TV. “It’s not clear to me what happened but ultimately he was relieved and the teacher was removed.”
According to WNBC-TV, the statement by the teacher came during a discussion of Sept. 11, 2001. School officials told WNBC-TV the conversation between teacher and student was not “private,” saying it was “public,” with a student recording the conversation.
According to a letter from the school, which WNBC-TV obtained, that teacher said the students, including Goldfarb, were recorded during a discussion of Sept. 11, 2001, in an introductory session of a course.
Goldfarb’s sister told WNBC-TV that her brother told the teacher the remark he made wasn’t appropriate.
He also was reportedly told his cellphone was being taken away during the incident.
New Jersey Department of Education spokesman David Redlawsk told the station the school “is cooperating with the district administration and New Jersey State Police to investigate this matter further and will not discuss further details on this issue until the investigation is complete.”
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