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Georgia Teacher Arrested for Threatening to Behead Pro-Palestinian Student

A teacher in Georgia, US, has been arrested on the basis of multiple charges including child cruelty after reportedly threatening to behead one of his 7th grade students over comments the student made about the Israeli flag. 

Local reports state that 51-year old Benjamin Reese, a teacher at Warner Robins Middle School in Houston County was arrested on Friday Dec. 15 on charges of “Felony terroristic threats and acts” and “Misdemeanor cruelty to children in the third degree.” He was later released on bail two days after his arrest. 

Houston County School District officials then released a statement confirming that Reese has not been on campus since Thursday, a day before his arrest, stating that 

“All employees of the Houston County School District are required to follow the Code of Ethics for Educators. If there is a violation or accusation of a violation, we investigate and respond appropriately. While we are not able to discuss specific personnel matters, we can share that Mr. Reese has not been on the campus of Warner Robins Middle School since December 7, 2023. Safety and the well-being of our students and staff is our number one priority.”

According to reports, an Israeli flag was draped in the teacher’s classroom and offended a student, to which Reese cursed and hurled threats at her. 

The teacher was then asked by the students as to why he had the flag, to which Reese explained that he was Jewish and has relatives in the occupation state. 

The student then responded by mentioning that she found the flag offensive following the regime’s onslaught on the Gaza strip that has now killed more than 18,800 people in a span of 72 days.

After being labeled ‘anti semitic,” the police report states that the students left the classroom but Reese continued to yell at them.

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