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article imageTeacher sends students email containing faculty insults of them

By Leigh Goessl     Mar 12, 2013 in World
A student protest was triggered after a teacher accidentally sent out a mass email containing a document that included insulting comments about students made by teachers.
This week in Israel students protested after a teacher inadvertently sent out an attachment to high school students. The document sent out in the mass email contained disparaging and insulting comments made by teachers about their students, reported Gawker.
The teacher who sent the email was reportedly in charge of gathering information from colleagues in preparation of a field trip to various Holocaust sites throughout Poland. The information accumulated was described in the media as a "burn book" in the form of a spreadsheet.
Teachers made a variety of comments next to student names; some were complimentary or neutral (i.e. "pleasant", "quiet"), while others had notations such as "big baby", "liar", "not too bright" and "sicko", to name a few.
Students signed up for the trip were the ones that had received the email, reported The Scotsman.
Students arrived at school carrying signs highlighting the disparaging words teachers had used to describe them.
“It broke the trust with my teachers. I never believed that they could write something like that. I was surprised, in a bad way,” one of the students told Ynet on Monday (courtesy Jerusalem Post).
The Ministry of Education said it is taking this incident seriously. It released a statement on Monday stating that the disparaging comments made by teachers are "unacceptable" and have no place in the educational system, reported the Jerusalem Post.
The Ministry met with teachers to talk; teachers subsequently apologized to the students.
“This is not about a human error from a teacher who accidentally sent the email, this is about the fact that the document should not have been created in the first place,” said Yesh Atid MK Karin Elharar, chairwoman of the lobby for the integration of children with disabilities in the education system.
"How can we ask the students to behave in an appropriate manner if teachers show an example of unworthy acts?" she added.
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