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NY teacher who assigned Nazi letter put on leave

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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.

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