Students cited for 'kick a Jew day'

NAPLES, Fla., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Middle school officials in Naples, Fla., say they will concentrate on cultural sensitivity training after punishing 10 students for staging "kick a Jew day."

The training, they said, would include 20 minutes of homeroom meetings each day at North Naples Middle School on building character traits such as respect and kindness and on bullying prevention, the Naples Daily News reported.


School district spokesman Joe Landon told the newspaper a student complained Thursday she was kicked because it was "kick a Jew day." Ten middle school students were subsequently disciplined with one-day, in-school suspensions that were served Tuesday.

Parents of the students who were kicked were also notified of what happened, Landon told the Daily News.

A local Jewish leader said the incidents may merit more than suspensions.

"If the allegations are true, it is possible these students violated Florida's new anti-bullying law," David Barkey of the Florida Anti-Defamation League told the newspaper. "And, if students were physically assaulted, it could rise to the level of criminal conduct."

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