GLEN ROCK, NJ - Several days after two swastikas were discovered at Glen Rock High/Middle School, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Jewish Federation released a statement saying they "are deeply concerned about the latest incident of anti-semitism and hate in Bergen County..."
"We welcome statements by the Glen Rock Mayor and Council 'condemn[ing] all acts of hate' and making clear 'that hate speech and hate in any form is not welcome in Glen Rock.' We also appreciate that the Glen Rock detective bureau is conducting a bias incident follow-up in accordance with Attorney General Grewal’s revised bias incident investigation standards," the combined group statement read.
“We will continue to work closely with law enforcement and the Glen Rock School District during the course of the investigation,” said Jerry Dargan, Federation’s Director, Jewish Community Security.
“In addition, we will be working with ADL to implement educational programming to help instill in students the values required to prevent the recurrence of these types of incidents in our New Jersey K-12 schools,” said Ariella Noveck Federations Director of the Jewish Community Relations Committee.
“We are extremely concerned about the second hateful anti-Semitic incident in as many weeks at the Glen Rock School District in New Jersey,” said Evan R. Bernstein, ADL Regional Director for New York and New Jersey. “This highlights the need for pervasive anti-bias education, and we look forward to working with our partners at the Federation and in the community to make schools in New Jersey No Place For Hate.®️”
Glen Rock Religious Communities, which include clergy and laity from houses of worship in Glen Rock, released a statement last week condemning the anti-semetic graffiti, as well as the borough's democratic organization.
There were two incidents about one week apart, one that included a drawn swastika and another, an etched swastika within the school.