(BIRMINGHAM, AL, 5/15/2020) — The Alabama chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Alabama) today called on Mountain Brook Schools and surrounding school districts to actively teach against hate and intolerance among students after a video of children drawing anti-Semitic symbols was posted to social media by a Mountain Brook High School student.
The video shows a group of boys laughing at a shirtless boy, a Mountain Brook student, who has two large black swastikas and the word “heil” written on his back. It is unclear where the other students pictured in the video attend school.
This was not the first such instance within Mountain Brook schools. Last year, a Nazi swastika was discovered on the door of a bathroom at Mountain Brook Junior High School.
“We condemn this act of anti-Semitism and urge all school districts to implement a sustained approach toward the teaching of mutual understanding and tolerance,” said CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Hamid M. Khan. “While Mountain Brook High School has condemned the hate video, more needs to be done combat hate and intolerance within the environment of our schools. Our children need to understand that hate is only learned and therefore schools need to implement programming that teaches tolerance.”
CAIR-Alabama is part of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensióndel Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Alabama Executive Director Hamid M. Khan, (205) 531-7766, email@example.com