Commissioner Elia apologized in a letter to B'nai B'rith International, saying: "The assignment was wrong. It crosses a line that should never be crossed. I spoke with district officials about this serious matter. The teacher apologized and the assignment will not be used in the future.
"As the head of New York State Education Department, I want to reiterate my commitment to you and all New Yorkers to ensure that students learn about the horrors of the Holocaust in a thoughtful and respectful manner."
You can read Commissioner Elia's the full letter here.
B’nai B’rith noted: “What has Mr. DeNobile accomplished through this assignment? Is he attempting to reopen the case for genocide? Is there conceivably any justification for genocide? Any logical step taken to answer this question in the affirmative is simply irresponsible and a failure in civilization. But this was reportedly an exercise in critical thinking and, ironically, the Oswego County New Visions program exercised very little in suggesting creative ways to share this lesson.”
To read B'nai B'rith's full letter click here.