Parkland, FL – A teacher from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where 17 students were gunned down is now being investigated for comments made when he compared a Jewish pro-Second Amendment student to Hitler and saying he was “dangerous.”
Gregory Pittman, a history teacher at the Florida School is known to be an outspoken gun control advocate, Pittman made the comments after Parkland survivor Kyle Kashuv posted photos on social media at a gun range with his father, Fox News reports.
WTVJ-TV reported that Gregory Pittman said that Kashuv was “acting like the next Hitler.”
“School leaders take all matters involving students and staff seriously,” Broward County Public Schools spokeswoman Nadine Drew told Fox News. “They are aware of the allegations and are looking into the matter.”
“We cannot discuss the details of the case, but we do believe he will be cleared of all allegations of any wrongdoing,” the teachers union president said, according to Sun-Sentinel.
Kashuv posted the photo and video of himself at the gun range with his father, who was with the Israel Defense Forces.
The post led to an interrogation from a school official and a report from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, Kashuv told Fox News. The sheriff’s office found the posts to be “non-threatening.”
“After a mass shooting at a school, you don’t have to be the sharpest tack in the box to understand when another student posts a photo of an assault weapon why school security personnel and police might ask questions,” tweeted Pittman, according to The Sun-Sentinel.
In a Twitter exchange between Pittman and Kashuv, Pittman said it was “bad” for Kashuv to hold a gun and that the student was doing it for attention.
Days later, the history teacher continued disparaging Kashuv in class while Kashuv was not present. A student witnessed the teacher’s angry rant and reported that the teacher said Kashuv was “dangerous.”
Kashuv called out Pittman on Twitter.
“I find it utterly vile that he’d call a Jew the next Hitler,” Kashuv wrote on Twitter, according to Fox News. Kashuv’s family came from Israel in the 1990s. “It’s also quite telling that he doesn’t know that Hitler took the people’s weaponry and I want more law-abiding citizens to have firearms.”
The teacher has not responded to requests for a comment regarding his behaviour.