A California high school was in the spotlight for the second time last week after it emerged that students had been subjected to a second wave of offensive social media posts that included Holocaust denial and threats of rape.
In an email to parents, the principal of Redwood High School in Marin County, David Sondheim, revealed that the most recent social media posts again targeted Jewish students and families “with hateful messages” including denying the Holocaust, rape and homophobia.”
The disclosure marks the second time this year that Redwood High School has experienced antisemitism directed at its students.
In September, an Instagram account was found to be targeting specific Jewish students at Redwood. The account, which has now been removed, was named “Redwood students organised against Semitism.” It was accompanied by an antisemitic caricature.
Local schools’ superintendent, Tara Taupier reportedly said that it was not clear who was behind the latest incidents, but that the perpetrators had used the same caricature as appeared on the earlier Instagram account. Ms Taupier said that her office was “still engaged with law enforcement” to try to identify the perpetrator of the earlier antisemitic posts.
One Redwood parent reportedly told the media that antisemitism at the school had often gone unaddressed over the years, but that this occasion was “different, because they’re threatening to rape students.”