April 13, 2014 7:41 pm -

A teacher at a top British school warned a student she’d be sent to “one of your gas chambers” if she didn’t remove herself after jumping a lunch line.

The astonishing outburst happened at girls-only North London Collegiate School, whose former pupils include actress Rachel Weisz, ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen and Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

The teacher has apologised privately to the girl for the horrifying remark, but the school refuses to identify the woman or explain what, if any, disciplinary action has been taken against her.

Last night, the parents of the girl, who was 17 at the time, urged the headmistress to make a public statement to underline the seriousness of the incident.

The Mail on Sunday knows the girl’s identity but has agreed to a request by her family not to publish her name.

According to her father, the offensive comment was made after the girl committed a minor misdemeanour by unhooking a rope barrier within the lunch queue as she entered the dining hall in January. It was overheard by a large number of other pupils waiting in line.

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