Anti-Defamation League Calls On CPS To Take Action Against Anti-Semitic Bullying Online
CHICAGO (CBS) — The city’s Anti-Defamation League is calling for Chicago Public Schools to take action after a student was allegedly targeted by other students just because he’s Jewish.
The parents say the students even created an anti-Semitic online gaming group to further harass and threaten their son and other Jewish people.
CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports since CBS 2 broke this story last week, outrage has grown over this anti-Semitic online gaming group.
Many on social media are calling on Chicago Public Schools to take action to stop the attacks on this student and punish those responsible.
According to the 14-year-old victim, he was verbally attacked at Ogden International School by classmates for months.
His mother tried to help her son cope with verbal attacks, but contacted school officials after discovering some of the students were further attacking her son and all Jewish people through a popular video-game app called Clash of Clans. She says they even created an anti-Semitic gaming group to play.
“So I look down, I see it says Jewish Incinerator with their one goal is to gather all the Jews, put them in an army camp and dispose of them,” said Lisa Wolf Clemente, the victim’s mother.
“I’m 42-years-old. I’m not new to this world. I didn’t become Jewish yesterday. I felt naive and shocked. We are in the year 2014. Really? At a school that my son has gone to? And I shake because I watched this group grow literally from four. Kids were just joining and joining.”
The Anti-Defamation League says this type of behavior can’t be tolerated and must be addressed.
“I was shocked to see such outright hate that existed. and we were taken aback by the type of language used and the fact that they were rewarding people for agreeing with such and awful, awful position,” said Lonnie Nasatir of the Anti-Defamation League.
The Anti-Defamation League says they’d like for CPS to make this a “teachable moment” by bringing in anti-bias facilitators and Holocaust survivors to talk with the students and faculty at Ogden.
A CPS spokesperson says they welcome the opportunity to discuss that with the ADL.