October 4, 2017
“The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) condemns the swastika painted on a wall at North Junior High School in St. Cloud, MN. We are deeply concerned by this incident, especially as it was discovered hours before the start of Yom Kippur. We urge anyone with information about the vandalism to come forward and report it to law enforcement. We will continue to monitor the situation. We thank the St. Cloud Police Department for investigating this incident. We also thank the administration at North Junior High School for communicating to families that it is ‘committed to ensuring all students feel safe and welcome.’
“Perpetrators of these types of incidents are intent on spreading a message of hate and challenging the openness and respectful atmosphere of our community. Collectively, we reject these chilling acts and the hate they represent.
“The JCRC offers its services to local government, community, and school district officials who are on the frontlines ensuring that our communities and schools are a safe and welcoming place for everyone. The recent spike in hate incidents both nationally and locally directed against Jews and other minorities is deeply disturbing.”
As the public affairs voice of the Jewish community, the JCRC fights anti-Semitism and prejudice, advocates for Israel, provides Holocaust education, promotes tolerance and social justice, and builds bridges across the Jewish and broader communities.