A teacher in the Moscow suburb of Khimki has quit her job after reportedly goading first graders into beating up their classmate during gym class.

The eight-year-old was reportedly hospitalized with a concussion after his peers ganged up on him, encouraged by the teacher’s “let’s cut his foot off and eat it” comme

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“He was sitting and putting his sneaker back on,” the teacher, 18-year veteran Olga Bashkirova, said in comments filmed by Moscow region’s 360 TV broadcaster on Tuesday.

“I used the misguided phrase ‘Kids, today is a Cannibal Feast, who wants a piece of meat?’ That’s all,” she is heard as saying.

The teacher later signed a letter of resignation, the children’s rights ombudswoman in the Moscow region told the state-run TASS news agency.

The regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee announced Wednesday that it had launched a probe into the incident.