Thursday, October 3, 2019
Australia: Muslim student forces Jewish student to kiss his shoes, now faces death threats
A 12-year-old Jewish student was forced to kneel down and kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate, while a 5-year-old boy was allegedly called a "Jewish cockroach" and repeatedly hounded in the school toilets by his young classmates.
The 2 incidents this year – the 1st involving a year 7 boy at Cheltenham Secondary College and the 2nd a prep student at Hawthorn West Primary School – have prompted the Anti-Defamation Commission to sound an alarm about what it says is a "rapidly spreading" crisis involving anti-Semitic bullying in Victorian state schools.
The older boy’s act of kissing another student’s shoes, under threat of being swarmed by several other boys, was filmed, photographed and shared on social media.
No disciplinary action has been taken against the group of boys involved in the incident, that took place in a public park. The school and the department have denied having responsibility for the incident, because it didn't take place on school grounds, the mom said.
"I took such offence with the Education Department, because there was nothing they did to protect my son at all, at any point in time – that’s what’s cut me up," she said.
The mom sought out the parents of the Muslim boy, who were horrified by their son’s actions. The Jewish boy was punched in the face and left with a bruised back and had skin gouged out of his shoulder, his mom said.
The department conceded last month in an apology letter to the parents that the boy had been laughed at in the toilets by other students on this day and said this was unacceptable.
"While school staff weren't able to substantiate that any negative interactions were anti-Semitic in nature, on the basis of those investigations, school staff identified an incident that involved children laughing at [the boy]," department director Barbara Crowe said
The Jewish boy who was forced to kneel and kiss the shoes of a Muslim classmate has been sent threatening text messages.
The messages were sent Friday after photos of the incident were splashed across the front pages of newspapers in Australia and around the world, the Daily Mail reported. The photo was first published by the Australian Jewish News.
The messages told the 12-year-old boy that he'd be slaughtered and asked if he wanted to “talk about suicide,” according to the report
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