JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– An estimated 40-50 people showed up at the Jefferson County School Board meeting, claiming not enough has been done to respond to reports of Anti-Semitism at a district school.
Part of the group attends Faith Bible Church. They said they were upset at the lack of action by Jeffco Schools in regards to claims made regarding West Jefferson Middle School in Conifer.
Sharon Evridge spoke for the group, “Three swastikas carved on a nice car, swastikas on notebooks all the time, flashing them in the hallway.”
This comes after our reports of a student who had a swastika drawn on his arms by others.
In February, an 8th grader complained to the school board. At the time she said, “I have to constantly deal with Anti-Semitism and ever since then that Hitler was a genius.”
She has since left the school.
A teacher wrote a letter to the school principal last December about Anti-Semitism at the school, in which she said was directed at her.
The school district spokeswoman Diana Wilson spoke with CBS4 in February saying action was taken at the school.
“They discuss tolerance, diversity, having a respectful environment for the entire student body,” said Wilson.
Parents were sent a letter and informed that Anti-Semitism remarks were made and appropriate discipline was imposed.
But these church members including Evridge, a longtime district teacher, claimed not enough has been done to stop Anti-Semitism activity at West Jeffco Middle School.
“You have kids being shoved into a dark room that are Jewish and being told this is the gas chamber,” said Evridge during Thursday evening’s meeting.
The board could not respond to the comments at that time.
The district issued this statement to CBS4: “Jeffco Public Schools takes all reports of discrimination seriously. A safe, respectful school environment is our priority. There have been several investigations regarding anti-Semitism in mountain area schools. To date our investigations have found our schools are not only following our anti-discrimination policies, but also working with various community members and groups on proactive measures regarding respect, diversity, and awareness of behavior expectations. Three incidents regarding ethnic slurs were confirmed and the students involved faced repercussions. Several other reported incidents were not substantiated. The statements during public comment at yesterday evening’s Board of Education meeting are disturbing and disheartening, especially after our schools have put forth so much sincere effort. We are reviewing the statements made last night to see if there are any new allegations that need to be investigated, and we will continue to work on these issues. Again, Jeffco Public Schools – from the school staff to the district office to the Board of Education — are committed to a safe, respectful learning environment.”