Parents of students at a New Jersey elementary school are furious after teachers allowed a fifth grade student to deliver a report praising Adolf Hitler while dressed as the brutal dictator -- and then displaying her report in the hallway for several weeks.
"It's appalling, it should've been stopped the minute this girl came to school," says Shimon Avrahami, whose child is a student at Maugham Elementary School in Tenafly. Jason Shames, CEO of the Jewish Federation Northern New Jersey, is calling for the district to conduct an investigation into the matter. "There's the teacher, there's the principal, there's the superintendent," Shames says, "and that seems to be the chain of command that needs to be looked at."
However, at least one Jewish councilwoman is defending the school's actions. "When discussing our history and social injustice in the fifth grade, the Holocaust is an important topic to discuss and learn, and this student was given permission to do so," says Lauren Kohn Dayton. "The child stuck to the requirements of a school assignment. The child had no intention to be anti-Semitic, offensive or hateful towards our Jewish community. I personally know this child and her family, and I would welcome them into my Jewish home anytime."
Was allowing the student to do this report in poor taste? Do people want to forget embarrassing and troubling moments in history?
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