NY: Jews Get Kicked on "Kick a Jew Day" - 37 Students Face Suspension


People first learned of "Punch a Jew Day", "Kick a Jew Day", and "Kill a Jew Day" Facebook events on this site, where we urged thousands to take action and report them to Facebook for removal. Despite some trying to write these events off as jokes and accuse us of censorship,  we have showed how this type of content directly translates into real-world hatred and violence toward Jews.  This has been the case for centuries. 

Here's yet another example:

(Press Connects) VESTAL -- An incident in which Jewish students at Vestal High School were kicked by fellow students is being investigated by school officials, according to a parent, the local Jewish community and the school district.

"Apparently, there was an incident, or series of incidents, in which a number of students were involved in 'kick a Jew day,' in the Vestal school," said Michael Wright, chairman of community relations for the Jewish Federation of Broome County.

Some students are facing disciplinary action, one parent said.

The parent, Gordon Gardner, said he got a telephone call this week from Mike Rotondi, assistant principal at Vestal High, who told him 37 students, including his 14-year-old son, could face suspensions because of the event.

His son has admitted taking part and should be punished, said Gardner, a Press & Sun-Bulletin employee. But he believes the event took place because of immaturity, not intolerance or maliciousness. Specifically, Rotondi told him the students were copying a prank inspired by the animated television show "South Park."

The episode, "Kick a Ginger Day," first shown in 2005, was intended as a satirical comment on the stupidity of targeting certain groups. But, spread by Facebook and other social media, students in schools across the country picked up on the idea to hold their own "Kick a Ginger Day." Students are invited via a widely circulated Facebook message to "kick a ginger" -- a redhead -- on a specific day.

"Kick a Ginger Day" has now apparently morphed into 'kick a Jew day," officials said. In November 2009, "kick a Jew day" at Naples Middle School in Florida made national news.

The Vestal event came to Wright's attention after a parent and a local rabbi called him with reports about incidents that happened in early December.

Wright said he called school Superintendent Mark LaRoach, who assured him the situation was being taken seriously by officials and would not be tolerated.

According to reports he received, some students thought the Vestal event was done "in jest" and was "fun," while others did not, Wright said.



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