Update September 24th: Cobb Schools Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said the students responsible for both events are being charged through the disciplinary tribunal process as required by law; more here.
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A second Cobb County high school was hit with antisemitic images and messaging within a week of another high school.
Students and parents found out about the incident on the eve of the holiest day of the year in Judaism – Yom Kippur. The hateful images and messaging were discovered inside two bathrooms inside Lassiter High School.
“When I first saw parents posting, I thought they were posting about Pope again. And the next thing I know it’s about Lassiter, and I thought how is this possible this happens two times within a week of each other, the same exact thing,” said Rabbi Chaim Neiditch.
Neiditch is the Executive Director of the Jewish Student Union, which has a chapter at Lassiter High. In a letter sent home to parents, Principal Chris Richie said that antisemitic symbols and language were displayed behind two bathroom stall doors. The announcement concerned students.
The discovery comes within a week of similar graffiti at neighboring school, Pope High.
In an email sent home to Lassiter parents, the principal said this is an active investigation.
Rabbi Neiditch feels the school is handling the situation appropriately. “They’re on top of this they have this and they’re very swiftly acting without any pressure from the outside to move ahead to make sure all the students feel safe,” said Neiditch.
Students are hopeful it is an isolated incident, but see it as an opportunity for education.
“I think we can use it as an opportunity to bring awareness to anti-Semitism because it’s not very talked about in our society, but it is an underlying issue,” said Lassiter senior and president of the Jewish Student Union, Adam Szuczupak.