CTU president's 'off with their heads' comment criticized

January 9, 2013 10:40:00 AM PST
The president of the Chicago Teachers Union is under fire for a controversial comment she made during a labor event in Chicago last month.

Watch Karen Lewis' Speech

Video of Karen Lewis' speech December 2 was posted online Monday. She was making a keynote address at the Illinois Labor History Society's Union Hall of Honor dinner. She commented how an earlier generation of labor leaders resolved their differences with the wealthy.

"The labor leaders of that time, though, were ready to kill. They were. They were just -- off with their heads," Lewis said.

Chicago Public Schools released a statement saying, "Our focus is on our students and their education. This kind of rhetoric has no place in the work that must be done to address the issues facing our district. We all must look for constructive ways to address and resolve these very serious issues in order to best support the academic success of our children."