Brazilian teacher is fired after she was filmed doing Hitler salute

Brazilian teacher is fired from Catholic school after she was filmed doing Hitler salute while teaching a writing class

  • Josete Biral was fired as teacher from the Holy Family School in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, on Tuesday
  • The move came after the writing instructor was filmed doing the Hitler salute while she was teaching a class Saturday
  • Biral’s lawyer, Alexandre Jorge, told Brazilian news outlet G1 that his client did not make a Nazi gesture and that the video was taken out of context
  • Jorge added that the video was filmed by students who support presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula and oppose Biral’s support of President Jair Bolsonaro 
  • The Hitler salute is considered a crime in Brazil and is punishable with a prison sentence

An 11th grade teacher was fired Tuesday from a Catholic school in Brazil after she made a Nazi salute.

Josete Biral was standing behind her desk in the classroom Saturday when she extended her right arm forward, as seen in a video recorded by one of the students at the Holy Family School in the southern municipality of Ponta Grossa.

Biral was wearing a t-shirt of the Brazilian national soccer team, a flag and buttons that supported President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for reelection.

A male student was at her desk and then walks to the back of the classroom when she makes the anti-Semitic gesture that salutes Adolf Hitler. 

Josete Biral was fired from her 11th grade teacher’s job at Holy Family School in Ponta Grossa, Brazil, on Tuesday. The writing teacher was recorded giving a Nazi salute while teaching a class Saturday. However, her attorney told Brazilian news outlet G1 that she was only making a gesture in a show of support for the playing of the country’s national anthem

Josete Biral had taught at the school for over 10 years before she was fired Tuesday for making a Nazi hand gesture while teaching her 11th grade class over the weekend

Biral’s firing was confirmed to Brazilian news outlet G1 by the school and her attorney, Alexandre Jorge.

Jorge said the video was taken out of context and was recorded by students who shared opposing political views.

He added that Biral was playing the Brazilian national anthem when she held her arm out and that she does not condone Nazism.

‘Some students who [support] the candidate [Luiz Inacio] Lula started wanting to induce this side that she was making the symbol of Nazism.’

DailyMail.com reached out to Biral for comment.  

Biral had been teaching at the school for over a decade, according to Brazilian news outlet Revista Forum.

A student filmed the shocking moment Brazilian 11th grade teacher the Hitler arm gesture at a Catholic school in the southern city of Ponta Grossa

Biral’s lawyer told Brazilian news outlet G1 that the teacher’s hand gesture was taken out of context and that the video was recorded by students who held different political opinions. Biral was wearing a t-shirt of the Brazilian national soccer team, a flag and buttons that supported the reelection of President Jair Bolsonaro 

Holy Family School fired writing teacher Josete Biral on Tuesday, a day after learning of a bizarre video that showed the educator doing a Nazi hand gesture

Holy Family School director Sister Edites Bet told the outlet first learned of the incident on Monday after the video had gone viral.

‘It was certainly an act of imprudence on the part of the teacher and the school has already taken the first internal measures with her according to what our regiment says,’ she said.

The gesture is known as the Hitler salute or Sieg Heil Salute and was used as a greeting in Nazi Germany.

Use of the salute is considered a crime in Brazil and is punishable with a prison sentence. 

The Ponta Grossa Civil Police had not opened an investigation as of Tuesday.

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