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Tolerance Education For Students at "Beat the Jew" High School

A Southern California high school, where seven seniors where caught playing a chase game called “Beat the Jew” in May, will follow a new tolerance curriculum sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area and the Anti-Defamation League’s “A World of Difference” Institute.

The curriculum — set to start today — will be run for La Quinta High School’s 700-student sophomore class. According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, “the class will work on inspiring empathy, unlearning prejudice, and motivating teens to take action against bullying and bias.”

The exact details of the game, played on and around La Quinta’s campus on May 20 and publicized through Facebook, vary, but here’s the gist: One volunteer — “the Jew” — was blindfolded, stranded on the side of the highway and left to the torment of car-riding “Nazis,” who chased “the Jew” back to campus.

Other area schools will also benefit from the curriculum, said Bruce Landgarten, chief executive of the federation.

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