Students learn about impact of bias crimes
The brother of a murder victim and a Holocaust survivor teamed up Wednesday to talk to students in Central Islip about bias and hate crimes.
Joselo Lucero, whose brother Marcelo was murdered in a bias attack in Patchogue, spoke of the impact hate crimes have on families on Long Island and around the world.
Lucero, along with Holocaust survivor Werner Reich, said the message of their program was to convey that bullying and hate crimes are alike and have terrible consequences.
The students taking part in the program are ambassadors from different schools within the Town of Islip who are chosen to meet four times a year.
Their goal is to come up with solutions to combat hate crimes and bullying in their community.