(JTA) — A Las Vegas school district has sent home with pay a teacher who allegedly denied the Holocaust in the classroom.
Students at Northwest Career and Technical Academy reported to their parents that Lori Sublette, a gym teacher, launched into Holocaust denial during a casual chat session in an "advocacy class," which prepares students for life after high school, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Dec. 18.
Sublette made the alleged comments the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; Sublette was still permitted to teach until Dec. 18. A school district spokesman said last Friday that Sublette was being disciplined but would not elaborate.
A decision on Sublette’s future at the school reportedly will be made after the holiday break in early January.
The students quoted Sublette as saying that information on the Holocaust in history books was doctored or distorted.
Sublette apologized to one parent, the Review-Journal said, but only for conveying her opinion in class and not for denying the Holocaust.
Students have said that Sublette has yet to apologize to them for her comments and have reported anti-Semitic taunts in the wake of the incident. Police are investigating one such incident, in which a student allegedly texted a number of Jewish students and threatened to slit their throats.