A California teacher who taught White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller when he was a third-grader has been suspended after she published an op-ed claiming he was a “loner” who ate glue in her class.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District placed Nikki Fiske on “home assignment” pending an internal investigation following her piece in The Hollywood Reporter magazine describing the 8-year-old Miller as a “strange dude.”
“Do you remember that character in Peanuts, the one called Pig Pen, with the dust cloud and crumbs flying all around him?” Ms. Fiske wrote Wednesday. “That was Stephen Miller at 8. I was always trying to get him to clean up his desk — he always had stuff mashed up in there. He was a strange dude. I remember he would take a bottle of glue — we didn’t have glue sticks in those days — and he would pour the glue on his arm, let it dry, peel it off and then eat it.
“I remember being concerned about him — not academically,” she continued. “He was OK with that, though I could never read his handwriting. But he had such strange personal habits. He was a loner and isolated and off by himself all the time.”
School district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said the main concern is the release of private student information, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The district will examine Ms. Fiske’s “release of student information, including allegations that the release may not have complied with applicable laws and district policies,” she said.
This isn’t the first time people from Mr. Miller’s past have come out against him. Last month, his former rabbi slammed him in a sermon marking Rosh Hashanah and compared the administration’s immigration policies Mr. Miller helped orchestrate to the Holocaust.
Mr. Miller’s uncle, David Glosser, wrote an op-ed for Politico in August saying he “watched with dismay and increasing horror as my nephew, an educated man who is well aware of his heritage, has become the architect of immigration policies that repudiate the very foundation of our family’s life in this country.”
And Mr. Miller’s third-grade classmate penned an op-ed for Politico attempting to tie the Trump adviser’s quirky grade-school behavior to the way he approaches policy.