Hello everyone! As you may know from my description, I am a jew. There are evil things in this world, anti-Semitism is sadly one of those things.
Just before school ended one of the days in maybe March, I experienced this. During the pledge of allegiance a boy did the Nazi salute. Never mind, the word nazi doesn’t deserve a capitalization. I walked up to the boy appalled. What kind of school was this?!? I asked who did he think he was and he acted oblivious about what he did. It wouldn’t be as big of deal as it was to me if the other boys hadn’t laughed. I was shocked. I thought that this school was supposed to be welcoming. I thought that I was sorely mistaken. My teacher saw this and waited until after recess to address this. Not only that he said it was disrespectful to the flag. THE FLAG! I do understand the country flags are important, but aren’t you missing the big issue here????????? I decided to bring it up again as he was moving on, to try to get how much it terrified me across to him.
After I brought it up he sounded sympathetic and I thought that I wouldn’t have to tell my parents to try to get their help with this. Instead he shared a story “that his sister is married to a jew, so he totally understands where I’m coming from.” Do you? Do you really? It was time to involve the calvary. On my afternoon run with my mother I brought it up. She was just as shocked at this as I was. She told me to ask if the boy had been talked to, I said I would ask. She also told my step-father, he was shocked as well.
This wasn’t the first time the ASD had something like this happen. My brother was in middle school and we had a boy next door who was a hitler supporter. I just happen to be friends with his younger brother. I told him this and he brought his brothers year book for me to see, there were swastikas EVERYWHERE! I even saw a gun shooting what “his impression of what a jew looks like.” I know my friend was trying to show me that this is a bigger problem then what I realized and he tried to be supportive, but this worried me extremely.
During maybe chemistry my brother got passed a note about jews and gas chambers and ovens. That boy got suspended and moved in class so my brother would have to sit next to him.
I didn’t know how to bring this up with my teacher, so I stayed silent. I offered to do a report for extra credit in social studies why do this salute was bad and the history behind it. My teacher said he would think about it. (I never got to do it by the way.) When I got home I explained my day, my mom wrote an email to my teacher about this. He said this, “I don’t know if $#&!@ told you but my sister is married to a jew and is raising her children jewish, so…” (I blurred out my name, right now I’m staying anonymous.) THE SAME STORY! Having jewish relatives has NOTHING to do with this. She and i looked at the student handbook and realized we should contact the principal, and that’s what we did. The boy got a “talk” with my teacher but the principal talked to his parents, him ( for two HOURS), he made him write and apology to the class and me.
I don’t know if you heard but in a yearbook in Germany (I think) a student wrote an anti-semitic senior quote. The school handled it, but this problem just keeps getting bigger.
I ask you do what you can if you see Anti-Semitism happening
Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is a process; working together is a success – Henry Ford