Police are investigating at least two local students at Framingham’s Christa McAuliffe Charter School, who allegedly participated in a social media page entitled, “Kill the Jews.”
“Christa McAuliffe Charter School leadership was made aware of anti-Semitic social media activity involving two of our students. We immediately reached out to the Framingham Police, who have an ongoing investigation into the incident, as well as to the Anti-Defamation League, local synagogues, rabbis and community groups including the Jewish Family Services of MetroWest,” said Kristin Harrison, the school’s executive director, in a statement.
The institution describes itself as “an expeditionary learning school for grades six through eight.”
Framingham Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer described the incident as “anti-Semitic” in a statement.
“ENOUGH! I’ve had enough! You should be fed up too! I’m angry! I’m disappointed, and I’m exhausted with the constant attacks on our residents. We will not stand for this any longer!” she said. “We, as a community, need to stand together to combat this hate. We must call out those who wish to live in a world inhabited only by people who think and look like them. Diversity makes us stronger. We are most powerful when we embrace our differences and use our gifts to enhance the lives of all.”
Eileen Simons, of Framingham, a parent of a former student at the charter school said she was “saddened and angered” to hear about the incident. “There is so much hate out there right now. I am especially pained by these events, not just as a Jew but as the daughter of Holocaust survivors. My mother survived Auschwitz, and the only reason my father survived was due to his service in the Soviet army. Both sets of grandparents, along with many extended family members were murdered.
“To see hate crimes on the rise in the U.S. is disheartening. But I was very encouraged by McAuliffe’s response to the incident. They addressed it in the best way possible – through education and dialogue.
Hate stems from ignorance, and there is no better way to combat ignorance than through education. While I do think the perpetrators should face consequences, I don’t think simply punishing them gets to the core of the issue. Education does.”
In Falmouth, police are also investigating two anti-Semitic incidents that occurred earlier this month. On Oct. 6, vandals drew two swastikas on the dock of the Megansett Yacht Club. The second occurred shortly after the Yom Kipppur fast ended, when a defaced Israeli flag scrawled with white supremacist symbols was discovered in front of the Falmouth Jewish Congregation in East Falmouth.