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Two Students Fall Victim to Antisemitic Harassment at California Middle School

Two students at Egan Junior High School were the victims of antisemitic comments and gestures Dec. 1.

The name of the perpetrator, also an Egan student, and the details of the interaction were not disclosed publicly due to legally required privacy obligations for minor students, but Los Altos School District Superintendent Sandra McGonagle said the student was identified and that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

In an email to LASD families Dec. 4, McGonagle condemned antisemitism and other forms of hate on campus.

“We firmly believe in creating an inclusive and safe space for every student, regardless of their background, beliefs, or ethnicity,” she wrote. “Acts that promote hate or bias undermine the very foundation upon which our educational institution stands.”

LASD administrators will host workshops for students at Egan and Blach Intermediate School to teach them “how to confront bias, hate and discrimination to make campus feel more safe, equitable and inclusive.” The workshops have not yet been scheduled but are expected to take place in the first couple months of the new year. The workshops will likely take place through health classes as opposed to a larger assembly.

“We understand that incidents like these can be distressing for our community,” McGonagle wrote. “We want to assure you of our commitment to addressing this matter as transparently as possible, and taking the necessary steps to prevent such incidents in the future.”

Two parents spoke at LASD’s Dec. 4 board meeting to commend the district’s handling of the situation, but they urged the district and the larger schools community to monitor what kids are being taught about the Israel-Palestine conflict in classrooms and online.

Source: https://www.losaltosonline.com/schools/two-egan-students-targeted-with-antisemitic-remarks-gesture/article_deb02b2e-9915-11ee-939c-4b461f9b431f.html