Antisemitic graffiti prompts Evanston-Skokie school district to implement diversity and tolerance training

EVANSTON, Ill. (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — The Interim Superintendent of Evanston-Skokie School District 65 has ordered diversity and tolerance training for employees after antisemitic graffiti was discovered at a middle school.

The graffiti was found at Haven Middle School. Nooses were found last year at the school. Dr. Angel Turner said that the incident is related to the ongoing conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas.

He wrote in a message to the District 65 community, “We know this incident was deeply harmful to our Jewish community and we should all be upset by this blatant display of hate. Hate, racism, and discrimination of any form will not be tolerated in our school district.”

“My heart is deeply troubled by the dramatic spike in reported incidents of antisemitism and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bias across our country and the impact that it is having locally.”

In January, district employees will take part in DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging) training, according to Turner.

He also said that the district is “working on more explicit lessons to support deeper learning on antisemitism and Islamophobia” for students.

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