Consequences for playing 'Beat the Jew'
What should the consequences be for high school seniors who concoct a game called “Beat the Jew,” advertise it online, and then play it by dividing kids up into “Nazis” and "Jews," the latter group being subjected to "incineration" or "enslavement."
This game was actually played by students at La Quinta High School near Palm Springs, Calif., on a highway that runs through La Quinta, the Associated Press reported.
About 40 students joined a Facebook group dedicated to the game -- the page has since been taken down -- though fewer kids actually showed up to play, school officials said.
Exactly how the game was played is unclear. One description given involves the "Nazis" blindfolding "Jews" and then dropping them somewhere with the aim of having them find their way back to school. Another description has the "Nazis" chasing and trying to capture the "Jews." Losers were subject to "incineration" or "enslavement," a school administrator was quoted as saying.
Now, seven seniors are facing disciplinary measures for playing the game, which school officials were alerted to by another student who is reported to be afraid to return to school.
Initially, officials were concerned that they couldn’t discipline the kids because the game was played off-campus, but apparently discussions about it were held at the school.
"We are going to do what is right. We’re gathering all the facts and then we will move ahead," Sherry Johnstone, assistant superintendent of personnel for Desert Sands Unified School District, was quoted as saying on myfoxla.com. "If discipline needs to happen -- suspension, expulsion, denial of graduation -- whatever is called for, we will do. The safety of our students is important to us."
Police investigated whether kids had been threatened as a result of the game, but were unable to establish if that had occurred.
The school system is working with local groups to review its tolerance policies.
To me this is a no-brainer.
Such behavior demonstrates a level of idiocy and mean-spiritedness that shows that these kids haven’t learned enough in school to be awarded a diploma and walk around as representatives of a public school system.
I’d withhold the diploma until they took some history and decency lessons. I wouldn't be sure that these kids would learn much -- the home environment plays a big role in how kids perceive the world -- but the education effort should be made nevertheless. Prejudice is learned behavior, and it can be unlearned.
Now go ahead, tell me why I’m wrong and why withholding a diploma would be mean.
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| June 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories: Discipline | Tags: beat the jew, jews and game, jews and nazis, kids play beat the jew game
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