A High School english teacher in New York was placed on leave after asking students to pretend to be Jew-hating Nazis in a writing assignment, the Washington Post said.
The assignment was intended to exercise the students understanding of persuasive essays, ABC news said.
District Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard held a news conference Friday to apologize for the assignment, ABC news reported.
The District has not named the teacher, who is described as a veteran, CBS news said.
The writing assignment was done before a planned class reading of the memoir "Night," by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel, CBS news said.
Wyngaard said she didn't think the assignment was malicious but "it displayed a level of insensitivity that we absolutely will not tolerate," according to ABC news.
Some refused to write the assignment, while most were simply dismayed at the content, CBS news reported.