> Brighton teacher Demi Flessa denies bias, says student was hostile and aggressive

Brighton teacher Demi Flessa denies bias, says student was hostile and aggressive

During her evidence, Flessa recalled one incident in which the class was asked to choose a world leader to write about from a pre-approved list when she claims Kaplan jumped to his feet, telling the class he wanted to write about Adolf Hitler.

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“At the time, I was really shocked and perplexed. I said, ‘No, you can not do Hitler. Because he was a bad man.’ Then he said [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu,” she said.

“I had lost control of the class at this point. Everyone was yelling. Again I was accused of being racist.”

The applicants’ barrister, Adam Butt, said Kaplan was left feeling humiliated, insulated and racially discriminated against during his time in Flessa’s class and was denied his request to write his class project on Netanyahu.

Butt said Kaplan also witnessed another student perform a Nazi salute while another yelled “Heil Hitler” in front of the humanities teacher in a hallway. Flessa denied any knowledge of these incidents.

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She also denied telling another student – Guy Cohen – that “Israel was illegal”.

“I did not discriminate for any reason.”

During earlier hearings, 10 students told the court they had seen hundreds of swastikas at the school over about eight years.

The trial, which is before Justice Debra Mortimer, continues.

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