California Public Schools Face Complaint Over Antisemitic Bullying?!

( – Public schools in California are being accused of having “viciously hostile environments” of antisemitism. The schools include public schools from K-12 grade; they have recently received a federal civil rights complaint.

The complaint was filed against the Berkeley Unified School District by the Anti-Defamation League, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law collectively. The complaint said that the school district allegedly allowed “harassment and discrimination” of Jewish students to skyrocket since the Israel-Gaza war started.

“Over the past four months, BUSD has knowingly allowed its K-12 campuses to become viciously hostile environments for Jewish and Israeli students,” said the complaint.

This isn’t the first time that there have been claims of antisemitism rising since the start of the Israel-Gaza war.

The complaint said that multiple walkouts in support of Gaza were conducted by faculty members without parental permission. These rallies showed students gathered shouting “Kill the Jews” and “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free.” Anonymous Jewish students also reported harassment in classrooms and also said that others were openly supportive of anti-Israel beliefs.

The schools responded by just moving students out of the classrooms, which disrupted their education, rather than reprimanding the teachers for the practices that they were pushing. Many students who attended schools within the Berkeley Unified School District said that they felt unsafe and did not want to attend school.

The complaint ended with recommending ideas to protect Jewish students and to prohibit the teachers from being allowed to display antisemitic images or beliefs while inside the classroom. The Superintendent from the Berkeley school district has said they’ve yet to receive an official complaint but that they are supportive of an investigation.

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