It has come to the City School District of New Rochelle’s attention that a wi-fi hotspot in the vicinity of New Rochelle High School includes an image of a swastika. Our school district’s leadership has alerted the New Rochelle Police Department, as well as members of New Rochelle’s Jewish community, about this symbol of anti-Semitism and hate.
Our school district has a zero-tolerance policy for such acts of hate and bigotry, which are in direct opposition to the inclusive values of our school district and community. We encourage dialogue, kindness, tolerance, and empathy – key steps in promoting understanding, while honoring the diverse religious, racial, and ethnic fabric that contributes so much to quality of life in our city, community, and beyond.
I want to acknowledge that we were alerted to this incident by a courageous student, reminding us that hate flourishes only when people turn a blind eye. We encourage students to report any incidents they might witness to an adult, such as a teacher or school principal. As Elie Wiesel said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
We will provide further updates as needed. Thank you.