We learned about the 1930s and pogroms in school, but we’re seeing some of the same things developing in realtime, as a frightening incident in New York City makes clear.
Students at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens learned that one of their Jewish teachers had attended a pro-Israel rally and held up an “I stand with Israel” sign because they saw it on her Facebook.
“The teacher was seen holding a sign of Israel, like supporting it,” a senior told The Post this week.
“A bunch of kids decided to make a group chat, expose her, talk about it, and then talk about starting a riot.”
Check that “expose her” — for being supportive of a country attacked by terrorists, who just had more than 1200 people murdered and citizens kidnapped. They planned a riot.
They then carried out the riot inside the high school. They “ran amok,” rampaging through the hallways, jumping and shouting, and waving Palestinian flags.
They then tried to get into the teacher’s classroom, screaming “Free Palestine!” and “[The teacher] needs to go!” Staffers had to block them from getting into the classroom. The staff had figured out what the students planned just in time to rush the teacher into a locked office where she could hide.
The students also posted TikTok videos of their rioting and praised each other, one even calling the teacher a “cracker a** b**ch.” The person who used that term termed the teacher’s support of Israel “hate.” Another said “Zionists” shouldn’t be teaching anyone and shouldn’t be around children, since they liked to bomb them. You can see a couple of the videos here and here, it looks crazy. One even has the antisemitic “From the river to the sea” plastered across it. These kids need a serious education.
The NYPD not only sent a couple dozen cops to restore order, but tapped its counterterrorism bureau to investigate a possible threat against the school, according to City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens), citing officials.
“Whether it was one student or multiple students who did or said something, whatever the trigger was, something happened. And I know from my many years on the City Council that the counterterrorism task force is not engaged unless they believe it is potentially a serious situation,” Gennaro said.
Police had to escort the teacher out of the building while staff struggled to get all the students back in the classrooms. This is the frightening stuff of pogroms when you have mobs acting like this.
Students told the Post that that other students had tracked down where she lived, her phone number, even her family and had called her up and said “bad things.”
The teacher said she’d taught there for seven years and “was shaken to my core by the calls to violence against me that occurred online and outside my classroom last week.” “No one should ever feel unsafe at school,” the teacher said.
It’s not clear what consequences the students will face yet for this horrifying action although”at least three students who organized the riot face superintendent’s suspensions, the most severe punishment,” a source said.