A high school teacher sparked outrage by using a ‘slant eyes’ gesture while explaining racial stereotypes against Asians during an online class. 

iStock Image

Nicole Burkett, a Spanish teacher and student adviser at Grant Union High School in Sacramento, was placed under investigation after a video of her making the offensive gesture went viral on .  

‘If your eyes go up, you’re Chinese. If they go down, they’re Japanese. If they’re just straight, you don’t know,’ Burkett told students on Zoom last Thursday as she pulled her eyes up and down at the corners.

The teacher was said to be trying to explain a racist school-yard taunt called ‘Chinese, Japanese, Dirty Knees’, which she said was prevalent in the 80s. 

As the video spread online some students came out to defend Burkett, claiming tha