While discussing Asian people during a Zoom class this Thursday, a teacher in Sacramento, California, made a "slant eyes" gesture while discussing what she says are physical differences between Asian people.
In the video, which was obtained by the Sacramento Bee, Grant High School teacher Nicole Burkett used her fingers to stretch her eyes up and down, saying she was showing the difference in appearance between Japanese and other Asian people.
"If your eyes go up, you're Chinese," Burkett said. "If they go down, they're Japanese. If they're just straight, you don't know."
According to Twin Rivers Unified School District spokesperson Zenobia Gerald, the video was "shocking" and "disappointing."
"The video ... does not represent the values held by Twin Rivers and the community," Gerald said in the statement. "An investigation was immediately launched when we were notified about the video. Please know that Twin Rivers is committed to providing all students with a safe and civil learning environment in which all members of the school community are treated with dignity and respect. We do not tolerate any form of racism from any member of our school community."
The Sacramento Bee reached out to Burkett for comment, but she replied that she has been "advised to not make any statements until my union representative gets back to me."
Watch the video below: