A New York City middle school teacher was fined $300 for showing students a video of an Islamic State beheading, according to a published report.
The New York Post reports that Alexiss Nazario, a veteran teacher earning $105,000 a year, showed the video to eighth-graders at the South Bronx Academy for Applied Media during the 2014-2015 school year.
Students told investigators probing the incident that the video blacked out the actual beheading but showed the victim’s severed head afterwards.
The students said they were scared by the video. One called it “gross.”
City Department of Education officials sought to fire Nazario, but an arbitrator ruled in favour of the lighter penalty of a $300 fine.
“This teacher demonstrated a complete lack of judgment, and this incident betrayed our schools’ promise to provide a safe and supportive environment,” department spokeswoman Devora Kaye said.
Nazario now works as a roving substitute teacher at different schools, officials said.
There was no answer today at a phone number listed for Nazario.
She told the Post she 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,” Nazario said. “I freaked out. I had no idea that was playing.”