A Bluffton, SC, seventh-grade teacher is being charged by police with pulling her student under a table and telling him “this is what the Nazis do to Jews.”

AP reported that the 12-year-old student complained that he was on his way to sharpen a pencil last week, when he felt the hand of his teacher, Patricia Mulholland, on his collar. She yanked him and ordered, “come here, Jew.”

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She then pulled him about 10 feet to a spot under a table, and made the comment about Nazis and Jews, according to police.

Mulholland was arrested and now faces charges of assault and battery, as well as public disorderly conduct, according to a Bluffton Police spokesman.

The social studies teacher said she had taught the class a lesson about the Holocaust a day earlier, and was merely attempting to give her students a first-hand, follow up lesson on the subject.

Her attorney explained that his client’s “demonstrative attempt to teach about World War II and the Holocaust has been taken to mean an anti-Semitic rant and it was nothing like that.”

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