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East Meadow parents: School district needs to be more proactive to prevent future hate speech incidents

The East Meadow School District informed families that another swastika was found in the school Thursday.

Jon Dowding

Nov 10, 2023, 10:19 PM

Updated 220 days ago

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East Meadow families say the school district needs to be more proactive to prevent future incidents of hate speech being spread at the school.
The East Meadow School District informed families that another swastika was found in the school Thursday.
Senior Jolie Jasmin says no one should ignore this because it affects everyone.
"The swastika isn't just a Jewish hate symbol, it's a hate symbol to everyone,” she said.
Jasmin says hate speech incidents keep increasing at East Meadow High School and wants to know when they'll stop.
"How is this going to be handled? What are we going to do moving forward? When this happens again, are we going to just glaze over it again? Cause it seems to just be going over and over and the same things are happening, and no one is doing anything about it,” she said.
The most recent incident in East Meadow is the fourth since the beginning of this school year.
As News 12 has reported, there have been multiple antisemitic incidents at schools across Long Island recently, including Commack, Syosset, Cold Spring Harbor, Port Washington, and Riverhead.
Jewish Community Relations Council executive director Mindy Perlmutter says everyone needs to report these incidents to authorities immediately to deter them from happening again.
"It's not just the Jewish community that needs to speak up,” said Perlmutter. “It's our friends that need to speak up as well to say this is wrong. This is not acceptable. Because if it happens to one community, trust me, it's going to happen to others as well."
Perlmutter also says it’s important for parents to have conversations with their children about the impact hate speech can have on others.
Jasmin says the first step is more in-depth Holocaust education.
"So, we could really understand what this means and why it was done and how it's affected our world today and I feel like that's not done in our school,” she said. “They praise education. We have a great education at our school. It could be doing more."
In a statement to News 12, East Meadow School District Superintendent Kenneth Rosner said the following:
“It is the responsibility of the Superintendent to listen to the concerns of the community, specifically the students. In my first few months, I have spoken with hundreds of students and parents, and have shared many of their concerns with my team. We are forming a committee to address many of those concerns in order to be more proactive and not reactive in our classrooms. There are many great things taking place in the East Meadow Schools, but reassessing our approach and the curriculum material we use is essential. Our teachers and staff deserve the support and professional development needed to address issues of hate that may occur in our schools. The East Meadow team is ready and willing to do this very important work on behalf of all the students and families we serve.”


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