An upstate New York school system is apologizing Monday for an assignment given to students in three Albany High School English classes which was due Wednesday asking students to tell the instructor why "Jews are evil and can be dismissed or punished," according to news sources.
The teacher has not been identified, according to CNN, but the assignment was intended to flex students' persuasive writing abilities.
Marguerite Vanden Wygnaard, the school district superintendent, apologized Monday for the assignment, according to NBC News
"This assignment for some of our students at Albany High School was completely unacceptable. It displayed a level of insensitivity that we will not tolerate in our school community," Vanden Wyngaard said at a news conference.
According to CNN, one-third of students given the assignment refused to do it, Vanden Wyngaard said.
Vanden Wyngaard told NBC News that there would be disciplinary action, though it has not yet been deiced what that will be yet, and that the teacher was removed from the classroom.
Earlier this year a New York City school asked fourth graders to do a math assignment involving slaves on ships which also sparked outrage among parents and administrators, according to CNN.