Teacher Slammed for Naming Hitler as “Favourite Person” in Yearbook
A school teacher is under fire for naming Adolf Hitler as his favourite person in history.
Jeff Acor, a new social studies teacher at Whitesville High School, New York, was quoted in the 2018-19 yearbook as saying that the Führer "did many great things for Germany and their youth before the infamous Holocaust."
He added that Hitler was "arguably the greatest public speaker in the history of the world" and "made many great strides to make Germany a world superpower."
A photo of the page circulated on social media last week while complaints streamed into the high school.
Local police said the statement was "mistakenly taken out of context."
"I don’t believe he was joking," Whitesville Superintendent Laurie Sanders told WIVB. "He was really looking it at through the lens of history... he wasn’t applauding anything [Hitler] did".
She explained that the books were produced by a student-run, after-school club, under staff supervision.
"When we read it we felt that anything that promoted or maybe perceived to imply hate, regardless of the intent, does not belong in the yearbook or in our school," Sanders said.
As a result, the book was recalled.
New yearbooks are being reprinted this month and will include the "complete statement" from Acor.
"We just want the community at large to understand that it doesn’t reflect our community or our commitment to acceptance and tolerance in any way," Sanders said.
It's understood Acor and the students involved in the editing and publishing will not be punished, "but new procedures will be put in place to ensure that it never happens again".