Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day'

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Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day'

Post by BostonBeaneater » 24 Oct 2008, 3:19pm

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Several sixth-graders from suburban St. Louis are being disciplined for creating "Hit a Jew Day" and then hitting Jewish classmates.

Four or five students at Parkway West Middle School in Chesterfield could be suspended and undergo counseling for last week's incident, school officials told the Associated Press. Others who taunted Jewish students or encouraged others to participate face lesser punishment.

Officials said fewer than 10 of the school's 35 Jewish students were hit. One was slapped in the face and the others were hit mostly on the back of their shoulders.

"There is a mix of sadness and outrage," said district spokesman Paul Tandy. "The concern is a lot of kids knew about it and they didn't take action or say anything."

AP explains:

It began with an unofficial "Spirit Week" among sixth-graders that started harmlessly enough with a "Hug a Friend Day." Then there was "High Five Day."

Soon, though, the days moved from friendly to silly. Next there was "Hit a Tall Person Day" and, finally, "Hit a Jew Day."
Principal Linda Lelonek told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch she learned about the incidents Monday and called an assembly Tuesday morning.

"What's tomorrow going to be? 'Hit A Principal Day?'" she asked.

Karen Aroesty, St. Louis regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said this was more than a case of bullying. Her group is meeting tomorrow with district leaders.

"It is shocking and distressing to see anti-Semitism acted out by middle school students," Aroesty said a statement. "Our schools and schoolyards are places where respect and understanding should be the norm. We appreciate that administrators are responding swiftly and look forward to working with Parkway West Middle School to turn these incidents into teachable moments that will resonate both in the classroom and at home."

Later in the school year the the sixth-graders will be studying the Holocaust.

"It's going to be a little more meaningful this year than it's ever been before," Lelonek said.
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Re: Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day'

Post by eumaas » 24 Oct 2008, 3:20pm

Watch out, JennyB!



I've heard Wolter's version is "Smack a Jewess's Ass" Day. :shifty:
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Re: Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day'

Post by Dr. Medulla » 24 Oct 2008, 3:43pm

Remind me again how Christians are the victims in their own country? :huh:
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Post by JennyB » 24 Oct 2008, 4:43pm

Yeah, I heard about this yesterday. The ADL thinks that it's because of the economic crisis, I think it's because middle school kids are assholes. This is the school district where I live, BTW.
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Post by Wolter » 24 Oct 2008, 6:10pm

JennyB wrote:The ADL thinks that it's because of the economic crisis, I think it's because middle school kids are assholes.
This is true.
eumaas wrote: I've heard Wolter's version is "Smack a Jewess's Ass" Day. :shifty:
This is also true.
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Post by Dr. Medulla » 24 Oct 2008, 6:50pm

Just told the Boss about this story. She thought it sounded like a Picket Fences episode.
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Post by JennyB » 24 Oct 2008, 8:19pm

Dr. Medulla wrote:Just told the Boss about this story. She thought it sounded like a Picket Fences episode.
Ha! That is the truest thing ever spoken. It's time to get Fyvush Finkle on the case.
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Re: Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day'

Post by Jimmy Jazz » 24 Oct 2008, 9:41pm

"What's tomorrow going to be? 'Hit A Principal Day?'" she asked.
Yea, because that is so much more offensive then hit a jew day. :rolleyes:
Dr. Medulla wrote:Just told the Boss about this story. She thought it sounded like a Picket Fences episode.
I was actually picturing it as a South Park episode with Cartman starting everything.

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Post by Dr. Medulla » 24 Oct 2008, 9:52pm

Jimmy Jazz wrote:I was actually picturing it as a South Park episode with Cartman starting everything.
That's even better. Indeed, $20 says that Parker and Stone do an episode around this incident.
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Re: Mo. sixth-graders face discipline for 'Hit a Jew Day'

Post by Red star 69 » 28 Oct 2008, 4:18pm

They should of started a "spank a monkey day".... The media reports woul be fantastic!
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