Officials at a Vermont college are investigating after a chemistry professor cited the toxic gas the Nazis used to kill Jews in a classroom quiz.
Professor Jeff Byers, who was promptly placed on leave at Middlebury College, asked students about the lethal dose of hydrogen cyanide, which the question pointed out was used by the Nazis in their gas chambers.
The administration condemned the question and said it showed an "inexplicable failure in judgment."
Emery McClendon of Project 21 says the question seems to have an undertone of anti-Semitism.
"I think it's most of all professors and teachers,” he says, “who are trying to set an agenda that clearly kind of brainwashes or gets kids to thinking in the wrong direction."
Breitbart News reports Byer has also included a bizarre question that referenced the Ku Klux Klan.
McClendon says parents and the school leaders should be upset by the incident.
Breitbart reports Byers has issued an apology, taking full responsibility for his careless behavior. The apology stated in part:
I apologize and take full responsibility for my actions in administering two examinations in the last year containing questions that were clearly offensive, hurtful, and injurious to our students. I can offer no explanation for my actions other than carelessness and hubris.