A Jewish teacher from a NYC high school attended a pro-Israel rally and held up a sign saying "I Stand with Israel." Students saw photo of this teacher and staged a mini pogrom in Hillcrest high school, rioting through the halls, seeking the teacher, aiming to harm her. They memorialized their threats in social media. The teacher took refuge in a locked room.
Students posted videos online of their mini pogrom. The rioters appear to be majority non-white.
In response, schools chancellor David Banks soft pedaled the mini pogrom. It is important to "listen" to the teen pogromists, he insisted.
From the New York Post:
“Over 400 students threatened the life of a teacher, solely because she is Jewish,” ...
Banks "failed to recognize the deep-seated Jewish hate present in our school ,,.
“We have heard from employees and parents who have shared experiences and evidence of Jewish hate across the school system,”...
Graffiti “depicting Jewish hate” in the bathroom of her school went untouched for more than a month ,,,
“I can’t imagine how these students must feel in New York City, 2023, knowing that so many people in school are wishing them harm solely because they are Jewish,” she said.
From a subsequent Post article
Banks faulted TikTok and other social media for exposing students to daily depictions of “children and young people in Palestine being blown up”: The students “feel a kindred spirit with the folks of the Palestinian community. This is a very visceral and emotional issue for them,” said Banks, noting that 30% of the Hillcrest student body is Arab.