Teacher Arrested After Holocaust Lesson Goes Awry

A South Carolina teacher has been arrested on charges of assault and battery after trying to make a point during a lesson on the Holocaust.

Middle school teacher Patricia Mulholland, a veteran 7th grade social studies teacher at Bluffton Middle School, is accused of dragging a student out of his seat by his collar and then pushing him under a table while shouting “this is what the Nazis to do Jews.” The incident occurred last week.

The teacher said she was attempting to supplement a previous lesson on the Holocaust, the Associated Press reported Tuesday. Police reportedly have copies of videos made by some students on their cell phones of the teacher acting strange before the incident, according to the Savannah Morning News.

Mulholland was placed on administrative leave with pay on April 26. An internal review by the school district was also launched. Mulholland has been teaching in the district for 23 years.

It has not been reported whether or not the student is Jewish.

This story "Teacher Arrested After Holocaust Lesson Goes Awry" was written by JTA.


Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Teacher Arrested After Holocaust Lesson Goes Awry

Thank you!

This article has been sent!