COBB County, Georgia (CBS46) – Parents at Pope High School in Cobb County say they are shocked to learn that swastikas and the words “Heil Hitler” have been written in the school toilet.
“It was way more intense than a harmless prank or a little bit of vandalism,” said a parent at Jewish high school Pope. “It was a threat to the Jewish community. “
The incident occurred during the holiest week for the Jewish people.
“I hope it was a coincidence, but we can’t say for sure until the people who were caught have been caught,” the parent said.
In an email to parents on Friday, the school principal wrote that several students have degraded our beautiful school with hateful graffiti and also damaged our facilities. “As we investigate, I want to assure you that we will hold those responsible for our district policies and applicable state laws,” said Director Tom Flugum.
The Cobb County School District said in a statement, “Whenever students misbehave, and in this case disrespect individual students, groups of people and their school, we find it unacceptable.”
Parents at the school and religious leaders in Cobb County say they are very disappointed with the response from the principals.
“It’s a hate crime, it’s anti-Semitic, and unfortunately the school district failed to call it,” said Senior Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Kol Emeth. “They said there had been bad activity, no, it’s a hate crime, it’s anti-Semitism.
“At no time was the Jewish community specifically mentioned, the word anti-Semitism was never used. It was very elusive language, ”said the parent.
Rabi Sernovitz said he was able to speak with the principal and all the kids at Pope High School about why it was such a terrible act.
The Jewish parent whose child goes to school told CBS46 that she believed the children were too insensitive to anti-Semitic behavior.
“I was shocked to see that my own child was so insensitive to the blatant anti-Semitism that reigned in his own school that he sort of wrote it off, that’s okay. This is a big problem and all of our children, Jewish or not, should know about it. “
Rabbi Sernovitz said the Cobb County school had severed its ties with the Anti-Defamation League, meaning the “No Room for Hate” program was also lost. He said it was done because of the uproar around critical race theory and that students were losing out because they were not taught what it means to say no to hate.
Parents and community leaders speak out against the “hate crime” they say was committed at Pope High School in Marietta, after swastikas and the words heil Hitler were found on a bathroom wall. The incident happened during the holiest of Jewish weeks. @ cbs46 #Atlanta pic.twitter.com/bY9llA2tLZ
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