In response to last week’s ant-Semitic comments made by a Jackson School District teacher, a local resident sent the following letter to the District Superintendent, along with our link to the story:
I write this to you as a new resident who is appalled at your silence. Since October 7th we have seen an increase in hate and bigotry in academia. While free speech is allowed, it doesn’t mean that hate speech should be tolerated. As it was asked by a Congressional hearing with regard to academia, what is our code of standards?
Teachers are role models for children who help shape our future generations. I am shocked that such a hateful man can be trusted with our children. I would never allow my children to watch such a speech and I hope you wouldn’t either.
Mr. Bradley chose to identify himself as a district employee by wearing around his neck his district identification. Is the district okay being associated with his speech and is the district prepared to distance themselves from him? Our town deserves better.
I have attached to this email both the New Jersey Attorney General’s office and the Simon Wiesenthal Center as both have taken previous action in saying no to hate in our area. I hope that you can join them in saying NEVER AGAIN.”
This morning, the District responded with the following statement:
“The Jackson School District and Board of Education do not condone any speech that is – or is perceived to be – anti-semitic or hateful. The district believes any reference to genocide is unacceptable. We understand the hurtful impact this word evokes.
As you stated, free speech is protected by the First Amendment. The Jackson School District subscribes to the guidance provided by the Anti-Defamation League that just as speakers have a right to express their views, school administrators have a right to express their disagreement with those words.”
Jackson Township School District