New Jersey: 5th Grader Gives Hitler Speech, Teachers Suspended
A 5th-grade student gave a first-person speech dressed as Hitler. The teacher and school's principal are now on administrative leave.
A student at Maugham Elementary School dressed as Adolf Hitler for a school project.
Two staff members have been placed on administrative leave after a fifth-grade student at a New Jersey elementary school gave a first-person speech as Adolf Hitler to his class, according to a statement by Tenafly Public Schools Superintendent Shauna C. DeMarco.
The student at Maugham Elementary School dressed as the German leader while reading out his handwritten report that was titled, "Accomplishments," Fox News reported.
"My greatest accomplishment was uniting a great mass of German and Austrian people behind me," the student wrote, according to the media outlet.
"I was pretty great, wasn't I?" the report continued. "I was very popular, and many people followed me until I died. My belif [sic] in antisemitism drove me to kill more than 6 million Jews."
The speech, part of a "Character Development project" organized by their teacher, who is Jewish, was displayed in the school's hallways. It was later shared on Facebook by Lori Birk, an Englewood resident, but has since been deleted.