CONIFER, Colo. (CBS4) – The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a report by a middle school teacher that she received a death threat. It involves the same school that received complaints about anti-Semitism.READ MORE: Ballpark Shooting: Michael Close Pleads Not Guilty By Reason Of Insanity In Death Of Isabella Thallas, Family Says
All parents at West Jefferson Middle School were sent an email from the district Friday that states, “It was determined that anti-Semitic remarks were made … appropriate discipline was imposed.”
It comes after news reports about eighth-grader Isabella Grunspan’s appearance before the school board in January in which she complained of anti-Semitic harassment.
“I have (to) constantly deal with anti-Semitism and other students saying that Hitler was a genius,” Grunspan told the school board.
One parent CBS4 approached at random at the school Monday, Niki Cooper, said her son had also had an incident.
“He said someone else at school had drawn on him and it was a swastika. I was shocked,” Niki Cooper said.
Student Cody Cooper talked about the students who drew it.
“They said it was a Nazi sign … I just really let it pass because I didn’t know what a Nazi was,” he said.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: When Might Your $1,400 Economic Relief Payment Arrive?
The swastika is the symbol of the Nazi party that came to power in Germany leading to World War II. Niki Cooper said she called the school office to report it and was told they would talk to those involved.
The Jefferson County School District said such behavior is not okay and is aware.
Diana Wilson, the spokesperson for Jeffco Schools, previously confirmed to CBS4 that the Office for Civil Rights for the Department of Education is investigating.
“West Jefferson Middle School did receive a complaint of discrimination based on national origin,” Wilson said.
The email to parents advised that lessons on social awareness are being presented, the code of conduct discussed, and an anti-bullying program will take place.
Now a teacher who complained to the principal in a letter of anti-Semitism at the school has reported to the sheriff’s office she has received a death threat.
The death threat involving the teacher was reportedly made in late December. The teacher did not learn of it until early January. She reported it to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department on Jan. 31. She told CBS4 that she was under the impression that school authorities had taken the necessary procedural action earlier.MORE NEWS: Colorado Researchers Discover Hint Of Scorching-Hot Planet Orbiting Vega