Three controversial Jersey City teachers, including a Dickinson High School teacher who subjected his students to a profane tirade, are no longer working for the school district, officials confirmed.
Howard Zlotkin, a science teacher at Dickinson High School, and Francisco Realpe, a Dickinson High School teacher facing sexual assault charges, resigned from the school district in May. Zlotkin’s resignation comes just a month after going on a vulgar verbal attack aimed at students that was recorded by a student.
Zlotkin has been at Dickinson High School for 20 years, teaching various courses like biology, science and landscape and design.
Timmia Williams, a 17-year-old senior who was cursed at by the teacher, told NBC New York the tirade focused on four Black students.
“I hear people whining and crying about Black Lives Matter, but George Floyd was a f—— criminal and he got arrested and he got killed because he wouldn’t comply and the bottom line is we make him a f—— hero,” Zlotkin said in the video. “I don’t think you can make a case. You know what Timmia? You’re full of s–t too.”
Pamela Johnson, executive director of the Jersey City Anti-Violence Coalition Movement, led a demonstration outside the school district’s Claremont Avenue office on May 10 calling for Zlotkin’s termination and she was moved by the emotions of one of the students subjected to the tirade.
“The trauma he inflicted on those Black students who he targeted cannot be easily undone,” said Johnson, a prominent voice in the Jersey City Black community. “That type of behavior will never be tolerated.”
Realpe has been charged with sexually assaulting two students, a 17-year-old girl at Union Hill High School in Union City in 2004, and a 17-year-old girl at Dickinson High School in Jersey City in November. Realpe started teaching at Dickinson 2005, and teaching that the Union City high school that has since merged with Emerson High to form Union City High School.
Realpe was arraigned on March 12 and his next hearing is on June 11.
Meanwhile, the McNair Academic High School teacher who was suspended with pay after allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual misconduct with students surfaced online has retired. A petition seeking his removal was started last year gained more than 3,000 signatures.
Deputy Superintendent Norma Fernandez said Wednesday that the school district can not comment on the matter as it is still an active investigation. The name of the teacher is being withheld since no criminal charges have been filed.
Ron Greco, the president of the teachers’ union, said teachers who resign under the cloud of disciplinary actions or criminal charges would no longer be allowed to teach in the state, unless they successfully appealed to the state Department of Education.