A Jewish eighth-grader was suspended by his Colorado school district after allegedly berating another Jewish student with an anti-Semitic joke, KCNC-TV reported.
A boy was loosely tied to a soccer goal post at Oberon Middle School in Arvada, Colorado, and was told “Burn, Jew, burn,” the station said, adding that the boys are friends.
Diana Wilson, a spokesperson for Jefferson County Public Schools, told KCNC the district doesn’t condone such behavior.
“You don’t use ethnic slurs, racism isn’t okay in our schools,” she told the station. “Any time this happens we are going to take action.”
The district learned about the incident from an anonymous survey asking students about their experiences over the past school year, KCNC reported, adding that the district investigated and suspended the boy believed responsible and barred him from an awards presentation.
The incident comes after several reported allegations of anti-Semitism in the district.
“I have to constantly deal with anti-Semitism and other students saying that Hitler was a genius,” West Jefferson Middle School student Isabella Grunspan told the school board earlier this year, the station reported.
Another student at West Jefferson had a swastika drawn on his arm by other students, KCNC said, adding that a teacher there also complained about anti-Semitic incidents.
Mandalay Middle School students were suspended after making anti-Semitic remarks and drawings, the station said.
The district is employing a zero-tolerance policy in regard to the behavior, KCNC said.
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