A local rabbi claims someone drew swastikas with the words “Hail Hitler” on a bathroom wall at Pope High School in Cobb County, GA.
“This is an attack on humanity, and it is important to understand that,” said Rabbi Larry Sernovitz, a Cobb parent and senior rabbi at Temple Kol Emeth in East Cobb.
The incident took place at the school during the high Jewish holidays, one week before Yom Kippur, which is known as the day of atonement.
Sernovitz said Yom Kippur’s message “that we can always change, and we can always do better” should be applied to Cobb Schools.
“There is a bigger conversation we need to have within Cobb County and in the rest of our country wrestling with the demons of those who believe we shouldn’t stand up for the minority community and for those who have been persecuted,” Sernovitz said. “United we stand, divided we fall. I look to Cobb Schools and the superintendent to do the right thing,” he stated.
School officials sent a letter home on Friday to parents, but it did not detail the swastikas or antisemitism. Instead, the letter explained that “Several students have defaced our beautiful school with hateful graffiti and also damaged our facilities.” Officials vowed that “Disturbing acts like what occurred this week have no place in our district or at our school and will not be tolerated.”