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DC Educator Has Elementary Students Act Out Holocaust

An elementary school staff member who allegedly had students reenact the Holocaust and a Jewish student play Adolf Hitler has a criminal record.

Kimberlynn Jurkowski, a librarian and media specialist at Watkins Elementary School in Washington, D.C., lost her teaching license for three years after she was found guilty by a jury in October 2013 of theft and falsifying documents, according to records from the New Jersey Department of Education.

Jurkowski, who was accused of telling a tutor for her two children to submit timesheets to the school district even though instruction had ended, was convicted of defrauding the Hamilton Township school district of more than $20,000.

According to Fox 5, she lost her job in Atlantic City, and court documents also show she faced a cruelty to animals charge in 2019.

In the latest controversy at Watkins Elementary School, Jurkowski was placed on leave after allegations emerged that she had third graders reenact the Holocaust, including gravedigging and simulated executions, according to the Washington Post.

Principal MScott Berkowitz told parents in an email that the students were originally supposed to have been doing a “self-directed project they would present to their classmates before winter break.”

“I want to acknowledge the gravity of this poor instructional decision, as students should never be asked to act out or portray any atrocity, especially genocide, war, or murder,” Berkowitz said.

The D.C. Public Schools’ Comprehensive Alternative Resolution and Equity Team is now investigating the incident.

A spokesperson for the D.C. Public School system said that the reenactment was “not an approved lesson plan, and we sincerely apologize to our students and families who were subjected to this incident.”

The Washington Examiner reached out to Berkowitz for a statement.

Original Article: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/dc-librarian-who-allegedly-told-elementary-students-to-act-out-holocaust-has-prior-criminal-record

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  1. What about teachers who tell students that the Holocaust never happen and anti-semitism doesn’t exist. Example: Florida’s Spanish River High School principal who refused to call the Holocaust a fact.

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  3. Whether this was a well intentioned lesson or not, it was not done properly! Re-enacting the holocoust and having students play Adolf Hitler is not an acceptable choice for teaching elementary school students! Needless to say, this lesson wouldn’t be acceptable for any young students in schools, and I’m not at all certain that it should be used as a lesson for high-school students either!

  4. A librarian amd “media specialist” — what is the criteria of a “media specialist” ??????? This female is a convicted criminal and should NOT be teaching our young people. But the school being in DC kind of explains why she is.

  5. Start going down the line for lawsuits!! From the top to the bag of shit dirt bag at the bottom black thug this school hired to teach your kids (obviously without a background check standard in any hire) . This trash and so many like her are fricking sick in the head! These people need to go back to Africa and teach that to the Africans there…oh wait…the Africans have better sense than the ones living in America that like to say their from Africa. The only African thing about the blacks in America is there skin color, they couldn’t make a pimple on true Africans asses and if you went for a visit they would be embarrassed of who you are as people.
    Reenacting The holocaust…with third graders or any grade , get her out of this country!

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