Teacher fired after alleged 'Heil Hitler' incident

Published: Sep. 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM EDT
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A Vermont substitute school teacher has been fired after being accused of showing children how to salute Hitler. It apparently happened Thursday at Georgia Elementary School.

School Superintendent Ned Kirsch called the incident disturbing and said the school took immediate action.

In an email sent to parents, Kirsch says the children were seen "standing with their arm out in front of them and the teacher was modeling the position. She then raised her arm slightly and said 'and now we say Heil Hitler.'" Kirsch said in the email the teacher admitted doing this.

The woman had apparently filled in for teachers at the school for several years.

We asked Kirsch if he knew what her intent was and he said he couldn't answer that. In the email, he did say a guidance counselor will visit the classroom and make sure the students felt safe and secure.

Parents we spoke with Friday morning hadn't heard about the incident, which at the time we had not yet confirmed. A number of those parents got on the phone and called the school. They were told an incident did take place but that the school had taken care of it.