February 20, 2013

Nazi incident may lead to anti-bias program at Maine school

By Matt Byrne mbyrne@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

Local and regional anti-bias advocates met with school officials and students from Greely High School Wednesday in response to an incident involving students using anti-semitic imagery and language.

The meeting focused on how to teach students ways to prevent biased language in the schools, said Emily Chaleff, executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine.

Chaleff, along with representatives from the New England branch of the Anti-defamation League and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, joined school leaders and two students to discuss  program options.

Chaleff said she hopes new curriculum will be in place for the start of the 2013 school year. The additions could include a program that relies on students working with each other to address biased language and attitudes, she said.

The meeting follows an incident involving Greely High School girls' basketball team members who were photographed giving the Nazi salute on Facebook, and calling a team member "Hitler."

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