Teacher sorry for comparing special needs student to Hitler

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016
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WILKES-BARRE, PA -- A Pennsylvania school teacher has apologized for writing emails saying that accommodating a special needs student was similar to appeasing Adolf Hitler.

The (Wilkes-Barre) Citizens' Voice says Wyoming Area School District teacher Amy Kosko issued the apology Monday.

The elementary school teacher is apologizing for emails sent in 2014 when school officials were following up on an educational plan for the girl, who has a learning disability.

The girl is now a 12-year-old seventh grader. Her mother obtained the emails through an open records request as part of the ongoing dispute about her daughter's education.

Kosco apologized for the Hitler comparison and for writing, "It would be nice if we spent this much extra time" on students who "are going to amount to something." She also said sorry for calling the girl "ignorant and insolent."