Students at a high school in Queens, New York, reportedly stormed the halls after learning that a teacher was participating in a pro-Israel protest on Monday.
According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), security officers at Hillcrest High School “requested response from the school sergeant regarding a disorderly group of students inside the premises.” When the sergeant responded, the students reportedly “dispersed.”
The New York Post reported Saturday that the unrest began over what students called a previously planned protest based on a teacher’s Facebook profile photo that showed her at a pro-Israel rally last month holding a poster saying: “I stand with Israel.” .”
“The teacher was seen holding a sign representing Israel, as if in support of it,” one senior reportedly told the New York Post.
“A bunch of kids decided to have a group chat, report her, talk about it, and then talk about starting a riot,” the elder continued.
Alleged video of the incident appeared to show students running and jumping in the hallways.
The students attempted to enter the teacher’s classroom, according to the New York Post. The teacher hid in a locked office due to the alleged riot.
“I have been a teacher for 23 years in the New York City public school system, the last seven of which have been at Hillcrest High School. I have worked hard to support all of our students and advocate for our community, and I have been deeply shaken by the calls for violence against me that have taken place online and outside of my classroom this past week “, the teacher said in a statement to The New York Post.
“No one should ever feel unsafe at school, students or teachers,” she continued.
The Hill contacted New York City Public Schools.
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