BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — We have received several calls and emails from readers angry that we did not report on the so-called Anti-Semitism at Omni Middle School.
“You’re Jewish, how could you not cover this?” asked one reader. “Other news sites covered it, why not you?” asked another.
Our answer is simple: not every idiot thing done by an idiot kid, presumably with idiot parents, rises to the level of an Anti-Semitic event. We communicated with school district officials within a day of the event and drew the conclusion that this is the work of a kid who needs help, not representative of an anti-Jewish trend that should scar a school, its administration or other students.
The swastika spray painted on a car in Boca? Yes — that is of concern and is being investigated by PBSO. We’ve reported on it twice.
An idiot kid drawing something that might look like a swastika on a post-it note, only to have it immediately removed by staff and referred to administration? Not so much.
We certainly don’t want to diminish the seriousness of a troubling event but we also don’t want to turn it into something that it isn’t. While some may find that stance troubling, we believe it is equally troubling that a national Jewish newspaper gave the event prominence — suggesting Boca Raton has a problem with Anti-Semitism. Simply asked: why draw attention to something that’s sole purpose is to generate attention? The net result: other idiots making bad decisions so they can generate attention, too.
Democrat or Republican, most would agree that the country has real problems right now that should be at the forefront of discussion. Not a kid at well respected public middle school who did something dumb, got caught, and will unlikely make the same mistake again.
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