Upstate New York Schools Sued Over Anti-Semitism

Pine Bush Failed To Stop Abuse, Parents Claim

By Maya Shwayder

Published November 08, 2013.

The Pine Bush school district in upstate New York is being sued by several parents who claim their children were subject to anti-Semitic bullying and harassment, the New York Times reported.

Swastikas proliferated all over school grounds and students’ notebooks, and teachers or school officials reortedly did not intervene, despite myriad complaints from both students and their parents, the parents told the Times.

The former superintendent of the school district , Philip G. Steinberg, called the lawsuit a “money grab” and that the allegations are “embellished.”

A lawyer for the district says they have “responded diligently” to reports of anti-Semitic behavior, including bringing in Holocaust survivors to speak to school assemblies, and holding anti-bullying training for students and teachers.

Pine Bush schools serve parts of Sullivan, Ulster and Orange counties, west of Newburgh and about 90 minutes drive from New York City.



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