John F. Kennedy School: Semitic bullying at Berlin's elite school

Students of the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin have harasseded and offended a Jewish classmate. The Executive Board announced a comprehensive education.

John F. Kennedy School: Semitic bullying at Berlin's elite school

At a school in Berlin, students harassed and insulted a classmate of Jewish descent. How long anti-Semitic bullying has lasted is unclear, head of German-American John F. Kennedy School, Steffen Schulz, shared. He announced a thorough education.

According to Schulz, school was informed of incidents on 7 June. Since n, boy has not appeared in class. One day after experiencing case, school contacted victim's parents. "We were unable to satisfy family," said executive director, Brian Salzer. Then parents had turned to media.

According to media reports, pupil received a note on which swastikas were painted. At school, classmates had blown cigarette smoke in his face and told him to think of Jews who had been gassed in Third Reich.

The two principals stressed that y had not known about anti-Semitic incidents at school. Conversations with parents of students involved were recorded.

The anti-Semitism commissioned federal government, Felix Klein, called on school to draw necessary conclusions from case and to ensure that such bullying no longer occurs. "Antisemitism is often also where it is not suspected at all," Klein World said online.

Steinmeier worried about anti-Semitic incidents

Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier also expressed concern about increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Germany, for example in schools. "It remains our historical responsibility to provide for relationships in which no one in Germany has to be afraid to carry a tipper or to exert his Jewish faith," he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

The President of Central Council of Jews, Josef Schuster, urged schools to take anti-Semitic incidents seriously and not to cover m up. It is an overall societal problem. Such incidents exist in all forms of school and throughout Germany. Religiously motivated bullying often, but not only from Muslim disciples, stressed Schuster. He called for training teachers to respond appropriately to anti-Semitic incidents. They would need support of school administrations and competent authorities.

The John F. Kennedy School in Berlin-Zehlendorf has about 1700 German, American and or international students. It is regarded as a prestigious address. In past months, cases of Jew-hatred in Berlin have been known again and again. Lastly, a Syrian fugitive attacked an Israeli who wore a dump on street. The 19-year-old was sentenced to four weeks ' arrest.

Date Of Update: 29 June 2018, 12:02

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