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Bedford schools dealing with anti-Semitic incidents

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BEDFORD, Mass. (WHDH) - Last fall anti-Semitic graffiti appeared on a school in Bedford. However, the police department investigated and couldn't come up with a suspect.

Bedford officials are now concerned because in recent weeks, young kids at two local elementary schools have said inappropriate things.

“Some kids were playing a game that they named ‘jail the Jews’ as a mock game. Another situation, a kid wouldn't share a cracker with another child because they didn't believe in Jesus,” said Supt. John Sills, Bedford School Dept.

Superintendent Sills wrote an open letter to residents warning them of the situation, and advising age appropriate discussions on tolerance.

“I was really shocked. It really surprised me and all I can say is I'm thrilled with the response of our Superintendent John Sills,” said Megan Matthews, parent of fifth grader.

Bedford police never made an arrest in anti-Semitic graffiti including a swastika found at the high school last fall. Supt. Sills hoped it was an isolated incident.

“People like the scandal, they like getting the news crews out to the schools and that's the reason they do it. They’re not doing it because they actually hate Jews, no one hates Jews anymore,” said Kevin Altschuler, Bedford senior.

A Jewish student told 7News she has had no problems with anti-Semitic remarks.

Bedford Police Chief, Robert Bongiorno released a statement saying:

“While there have been…no additional reports on hateful graffiti since last fall and no reports of violence, the Bedford Police Department nonetheless takes any allegations of hate or discrimination seriously, and will investigate any such reports.”

A community meeting will be held later this month.

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