By Holly McKenna
ALBANY, New York (Reuters) – A New York state high school English teacher who asked students to imagine they were Nazis and give reasons why Jews were evil could be reprimanded or dismissed, a school district superintendent said on Friday.
City School District of Albany Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard apologized at a news conference and pledged officials would personally express regret to Albany High School students who were given the assignment and their families.
“This assignment for some of our students at Albany High School was completely unacceptable. It displayed a level of insensitivity that we will not tolerate in our school community,” Vanden Wyngaard said.
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A woman and her three-year-old son died after they were set afire by their neighbours in Pandhurna in Chhindwara district, about 275kms south east of Bhopal, on Tuesday. The neighbours suspected that the woman was a sorceress.
The victim, Neelu, 25, and her three-year-old son, Shubham, got critical burns. They were rushed to Nagpur for treatment but they succumbed to their injuries on the way. The accused have been arrested.
The incident followed a row between Neelu and an elderly woman, Gunna Bai, living in neighbourhood. Neelu had come to her parents’ house recently.
Her mother and daughter had died recently. She suspected that her neighbour Gunna Bai practiced witchcraft and had termed her a tonhi (sorceress).