Las Vegas, NV – “When there’s a phrase that says, ‘You don’t belong here’, that to me is terrorism. That’s an emotional threat that may lead to a physical threat,” said Rabbi Craig Rosenstein.
His adopted daughter, a 7th grader at Escobedo Middle School, who also happens to be African American, came home with a hand-drawn note this week with a large swastika and the words, ‘You don’t belong here!’ written on it.
“Apparently, there was a second picture that was a drawing of Hitler with his hand in the air and the Nazi salute and a swastika above that,” said Rosenstein.
The second drawing was apparently ripped up.
Rabbi Rosenstein says he’s not exactly sure of the intent, but he’s not taking it lightly.
“It’s the phrase underneath that you don’t belong, that’s Charlottesville. I mean that’s serious,” said Rosenstein.
He’s spoken to school staff who say two boys have been identified and the incident is being investigated.
In a statement to News 3, a district spokesperson wrote in part, “The school is taking this incident seriously and appropriate staff has been in contact with the student’s parents. Racially motivated incidents are never tolerated in the Clark County School District.”
The following is the full statement from CCSD regarding the incident:
The safety and well-being of our students is of the utmost importance. School administration is aware of the matter, which is currently under investigation. The school is taking this incident seriously and appropriate staff have been in contact with the student’s parents. Racially motivated incidents are never tolerated in the Clark County School District (CCSD). Additionally, CCSD is unable to comment on individual student discipline because of privacy laws. If a student has a school safety concern, they should report it right away to school administration and/or law enforcement. Additionally, students have access to SafeVoice NV, an anonymous reporting system used to report threats to the safety or well-being of students. The phone number for SafeVoice is (833) 216-SAFE.