Plainview-Old Bethpage schools to educate students about hate starting in 4th grade following swastika incident

The superintendent says they are going to educate students starting in the fourth grade about hate. The state does not require the topic to be taught until the sixth grade.

News 12 Staff

Nov 28, 2023, 3:33 AM

Updated 231 days ago

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The Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District will be doing more to combat hate after a swastika and other hurtful words were found on a middle school student's artwork.
The superintendent says they are going to educate students starting in the fourth grade about hate. The state does not require the topic to be taught until the sixth grade.
Starting next Monday, students in grades 4-12 will have a different lesson each day about antisemitism, racism, anti-Asian bias, Islamophobia and other hateful speech.
Students will also watch a documentary about the Holocaust, read books about civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Holocaust victim Anne Frank.
Superintendent Dr. Mary O'Meara says students will be also be included in conversations about the district's code of conduct, asking them what they think the appropriate consequences are if they violate it.


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