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March 16, 2015 8:11 pm

Great Neck Schools Warn of ‘Specter of Antisemitism’ After ‘Gassing Jews’ Facebook Post

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The school related Facebook page contained an antisemitic post. Photo: Facebook screen grab.

Great Neck Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomas P. Dolan responded on Monday to a recent antisemitic post on a school-themed Facebook page, and linked the incident to the emerging “specter of antisemitism.”

The response follows a report in the New York Observer relating to the offensive post on the Great Neck South High School, Class of 2018 Facebook page.

The post featured what appeared to be a picture of a child, altered to appear as though the child were dressed as Hitler. The caption reads: “I’D RATHER BE GASSING JEWS RIGHT NOW.”

Great Neck Schools did not reveal the identity of the person who made the antisemitic Facebook post, but indicated that the individual was a student in another school district. Dolan assured the community that the student’s homeschool was contacted, the post removed, and the police notified.

In a letter to the community, Dolan described the “major evil” of what he called the “specter of antisemitism and other forms of racism.” He also described the minor evil of anonymous Internet posts. The Superintendent promised to use education to eliminate hateful statements.

According to the Observer, there was a similar incident last year at another Great Neck school after a student painted a picture of “Adolf Hitler in full uniform, including swastika.”

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