Not surprisingly, this New York City school was hit with Jew-hatred graffiti months before the riot against Jewish teacher, and the principal ‘did nothing.’ About 30 percent of the students are Muslim, officials say. “They feel a kindred spirit with the folks of the Palestinian community,” Chancellor David Banks said this week.
NY Post Hateful graffiti — including swastikas and the words “Hail Hitler” — were scrawled near lockers inside Hillcrest High School in Queens, nine months before 400 teens rioted against a Jewish teacher because she went to a pro-Israel rally.
The sickening vandalism was discovered on Feb. 15, but school administrators dragged their feet on removing and reporting it, staffers told The Post. “It was immediately brought to the principal’s attention and he did nothing about it,” a faculty member said.
With it still up the next day, worried staffers called outside colleagues, resulting in complaints being filed with the NYPD and Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools, officials confirmed.
“SCI received several complaints regarding the graffiti – both “Nazi graffiti” and other profane graffiti – and the school’s response to it,” a spokesperson said. SCI referred the case back to the city Department of Education, which finally ordered the hateful display removed.
Principal Scott Milczewski told staff he doubted security camera footage would capture the culprit, insiders said, but NYPD detectives proved him wrong. A 14-year-old was arrested and issued a juvenile report, police said.
The disturbing case of unchecked antisemitism underscores what several faculty members call alarming mismanagement by Milczewski, at the school’s helm since August 2019. The 2,387-student school has an 87% graduation rate, but only 57% of grads are deemed ready for CUNY without remedial help.
Hillcrest is plagued by frequent hallway brawls, chaos and commotion because the principal is loath to suspend or discipline unruly teens who believe they can avoid punishment, staffers say. The school posts a “0%” suspension rate, compared to the 1% citywide average. “It was bound to happen,” a teacher said of the riot. “It wouldn’t have happened if we had another principal.”
Hillcrest students exchanged hateful messages on Instagram attacking the Jewish teacher in the days before Nov. 20, when teens flooded the halls to rally for Palestine and demand her firing for supporting Israel on her Facebook page.
Below video: Muslim students chanting “Allahu Akbar.”
Brooklyn school children. pic.twitter.com/X1KRcTdL6c
— Mr. Jewish Bookery (@Jewish_Bookery) November 9, 2023
The online messages promoted an in-school protest against the teacher, whose name is being withheld by The Post.
One student copied the teacher’s photo onto an Instagram group chat, making it read, “I stand with genocide.” Another posted her photo under the words, “Genocide Supporter.”
“Monday 5th period we’re holding a riot against [name redacted] — she needs to go.”
“Period 5th Room 330 So excited for [name redacted]’s raid.”
“[Name redacted] is going to be executed in the town square.”
Before the protest, stickers plastered on doors or walls read, “Zionism is Terrorism.”
The teacher returned to Hillcrest Thursday amid heavy security.