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Nancy Salem

‘Kill Some Jews’: Texas teacher fired for anti-Semitic tweets

by Leigh Egan

An Arlington, Texas, teacher was recently fired after she reportedly sent out several anti-Semitic tweets on Twitter in 2013. The tweets were uncovered this month by a college watch dog group.

Dallas News reports that Nancy Salem lost her job as a preschool teacher at The Children’s Courtyard after school officials were alerted to the negative tweets aimed toward Jewish people, including a tweet that said, “Kill some Jews,” and another tweet that read, “Kiss the Palestine ground for me and kill some Jews!”

Salem apologized for the tweets after she’d been caught. She indicated that she was “truly sorry for the pain and hurt my words caused, especially to members of the Jewish faith.”

Salem’s tweeted the anti-Semitic comments close to four years ago. She didn’t take them down until this month, after college watchdog group, Canary Mission, reported that Salem, along with 24 former and current University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) students, tweeted racist remarks. Salem isn’t a student at UTA, but she’s reportedly affiliated with the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter at the school.  Canary Mission said the group was a “focal point for campus anti-Semitism.”  The school denied that Salem was part of the group.

According to Salem, the were sent out while she was still high school student.

“Several years ago, while still a teenager attending high school, I made some racist and anti-Semitic statements that I deeply regret and believe are not a reflection of the beliefs I hold today. Furthermore, these statements were made at a time when I was not strong in my faith nor do they reflect the family values of inclusivity and respect for all faiths that my parents have worked very hard to instill in us.”

Regardless, The Children’s Courtyard decided to fire Salem. The school released a statement that read it doesn’t tolerate any form of hatred at any time.

“The offensive comments certainly don’t reflect our views. Our employees are expected to uphold certain standards of personal and professional conduct. Our senior leadership thoroughly investigated this matter. This person no longer works for our company.”

[Feature Photo: Canary Mission]

Leigh Egan is a crime-fighting journalist and editor who specializes in breaking news and investigative true crime coverage. With more than a decade of experience under her belt, Leigh’s work can be found in a number of high-profile national publications. For Leigh, learning didn’t stop after college. She considers herself a lifelong learner who frequently takes media and journalism courses to keep abreast of the latest happenings and innovations in her field.