A fifth-grade girl went ballistic against her school for allowing students to deliver a Nazi salute during a school project about World War Two.
According to reports, a student gave the salute during a “living history” project and other children in the audience returned the salute.
But the young girl was incensed over the salute and erupted in anger during the class sparking the teacher to send her to the principal’s office. The teacher said the girl “was disrespectful with her tone and body language” toward the teacher.
Keith Jacks Gamble, the girl’s father, works at Middle Tennessee State University. He posted to Twitter about his daughter’s experiences at McFadden School of Excellence in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
“Please comment with support for my 11-year-old daughter. She was removed from class and sent to the principal’s office for the rest of the day last Thursday for shouting, “Stop it, put your hands down now,” to a group of students giving the Nazi salute. Children at school have been giving Nazi salutes in the hallways and at recess for weeks after a teacher assigned a student to give the Nazi salute in a Hitler costume for an assignment.”
Gamble noted that his daughter told him that around 20 kinds gave the Nazi salute during the presentation where a kid was pretending to be Adolf Hitler during WWII.
According to the Daily News Journal:
In an email provided by the student’s mother from teacher Jennifer Austin, Gamble’s daughter was given a platform to express her disdain with the assignment when she saw several classmates performing the gesture, but was told “not to address it again.” As the research portion of the project continued, students began performing the Nazi salute around campus, the email said. Each time, Gamble’s daughter confronted them, but they continued doing it, ultimately planning to do a “mass Nazi salute” directed at her. The student told her teacher, who addressed the situation with students and asked them to refrain from the gesture.
Gamble also now claims that his daughter is being harassed because of her attack on her classmates and teachers.
The father added, “her family is so proud of her, and I bet there are others who are too.”
The salute was a planned part of the Hitler portrayal, Gamble noted.
Gamble was also proud that his daughter later gave a speech about why the Nazi salute is bad.
Rutherford County Schools spokesman James Evans also said that the school was taking measures to make sure such incidents don’t happen again.
“The school will find alternative means of covering the fifth-grade history standard. Our director of schools also sent an email to fifth-grade parents to assure them we do not condone any type of symbolism or actions that can be interpreted as hate-filled or insensitive,” Evans said.
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