Missouri students create ‘hit a Jew’ day

By David Edwards
Friday, October 24, 2008 11:12 EDT
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KDSK reported that 3 students have been suspend for their role in what was called “hit a Jew” day. At least one student was slapped in the face due to the prank.

“It happened Monday at Parkway West Middle School. Some kids called it ‘Hit a Jew’ Day. At least three children were hit during the incident, all of whom were Jewish. Two were tapped on the shoulder or arm, but one child was slapped in the face.”

“School principal Linda Lelonek said it started last week. The sixth graders decided to have a ‘Hug a Friend’ day. Then it was ‘High-Five Day,’ but teachers did not know what was going on until several kids were hit.”

“Educators said they do not believe the incident was done with hatred or prejudice.”

“There are fewer than 30 Jewish students at Parkway West Middle School, which has an enrollment of 850 students.”

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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