Ernie Malloy, the embattled Palm Beach County Schools teacher suspended amid allegations that he hate-called a student who survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, has been reinstated.
Superintendent Robert Avossa’s office confirmed that Malloy, who teaches history at South Fork High School in Jupiter, has returned to his classroom, but declined to give details.
“During an investigation into the verbal harassment allegations, there was no witness to the incident who could corroborate the complaint, and several witnesses stated that no such event had occurred,” Melissa Kornfeld, a spokeswoman for the school district, told The Palm Beach Post.
She did not elaborate on the suspension and referred questions to the School Board. A spokesman for the board told The Palm Beach Post that school officials have “worked diligently” to find a solution.
The drama started on Sept. 19 when a student who was a classmate of Malloy’s, wrote in a petition addressed to Superintendent Robert Avossa that Malloy had called her a “Jew girl” before her mother cut her class as part of a “anti-Semitic protest.”
The student, whose name is not being disclosed because of her age, also recounted Malloy’s “Holocaust-Holocaust-Holocaust” slurs.
Avossa suspended Malloy from work and ordered his district-issued cellphone to be confiscated. He warned the 33-year-old, “if you are found to be spreading hate, I will seek your immediate resignation from the Palm Beach County School District.”
The student also wrote to her teacher that she believes he “has violent mental tendencies.”
Malloy previously told The Post that a student’s petition was not credible. “There are inaccurate information on it and this is not what happened. It is very, very hurtful to me, my family and my reputation and for it to be amplified at this time in my life is hurtful to me,” he said.
A Holocaust survivor who met with Malloy last week credited him with showing his compassion. “Ernie does not act like a hateful person, he acts as a loving person,” Ken Weintraub said. “He seems like a dear old professor. We cannot put Ernie through this.”