RE: “Protect free speech, or stamp out hate?” Courier Feb. 17, editorial
I commend you for covering this incident of students lying on the ground at school in the shape of a swastika. I am writing specifically about the “Third point,” concerning discipline. The motivation for this act was not identified but it is objectively repulsive and was definitely rehearsed prior to the action.
Hopefully, whatever discipline these students receive, will be accompanied with a heavy dose of education. They need to fully understand what this act represents and why they are being disciplined. Information about the holocaust is readily available.
These students need to learn that thousands of Christians and others beyond the 6 million Jews were murdered during the Nazi regime identified by the swastika. They need to come to understand that almost 150,000 American military personnel were killed in action and 525,000 wounded in the defeat of this Nazi enemy.
Having them meet a Holocaust survivor and a WWII combat veteran and hear their story first hand would hopefully leave a lasting impression. Possibly having their parents participate could benefit the family.
I would certainly be interested in, whatever information you may be able to ascertain concerning the discipline action.