A teacher at a South Bronx middle school was fined $300 for showing her eighth grade students a video of an ISIS terrorist beheading a journalist, allegedly telling them, “This is what’s going on in the real world.”
Investigators spoke to three of the eighth-grade students who saw the clip, which showed a masked man holding a knife to the neck of a victim dressed in an orange jumpsuit.
According to a New York Post report, the students testified that the video blacked out the actual beheading but still showed the victim’s severed head afterwards.
One girl told another member of school staff that she had been “scared” of what she had seen, according to a report by the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation.
Another student had described the video as “gross”, saying it made him feel “uncomfortable” and that he had lost sleep the night after watching it.
One student said Alexiss Nazario had told them that “this is what’s going on in the real world”.
Alexiss Nazario, a teacher for 26 years, told the Post she had accidentally played the wrong video.
“I was scrolling looking for a specific video. I clicked on the wrong thing. It was a mistake. It was an error,” she said. “I freaked out. I had no idea that was playing.”
The Department of Education had been trying to have her fired, based on the video incident and two unrelated charges.
Independent arbitrator Eugene Ginsberg, however, decided on the fine, saying that losing her job after years of otherwise unblemished service would be too harsh.
Alexiss Nazario now works as a substitute teacher at a number of different schools.