A shocking incident last week at Hillcrest High School in Queens prompted an investigation by the New York City Police Counterterrorism Bureau. A Jewish teacher was forced to hide in a locked office for nearly two hours due to marauding pro-Palestinian students.
Someone learned that the educator had the audacity to attend a pro-Israel rally. This prompted a student takeover of the hallways by “radicalized” leftist teenagers.
It’s a wonder that any conservative American still allows their children into government-run schools. For many, there is little choice, but the drawbacks must continuously be counteracted at home.
New York City Democratic Mayor Eric Adams condemned the students’ actions that forced the Jewish teacher to hide. “The vile show of antisemitism at Hillcrest High School was motivated by ignorance-fueled hatred, and it will not be tolerated in any of our schools.”
Adams noted his belief that “we are better than this.”
Teachers, what is it going to take for you to take a stand?
We need you.
Jewish teacher hides in Queens high school as students riot 👇 https://t.co/5CgS48y22p
— Moms for Liberty (@Moms4Liberty) November 25, 2023
The dramatic morning began when students gathered for a planned protest concerning the teacher’s Facebook profile picture. It showed her attending a rally supporting Israel carrying a sign saying, “I stand with Israel.”
A student told the New York Post that their classmates started a group chat and decided to “expose” her. The talk quickly escalated to carrying out a riot.
Witnesses reported hundreds of students swept through the hallways. They ran and shouted while carrying Palestinian flags and banners, and then they turned their attention to the offending educator.
A water fountain was ripped out of the wall and tiles were shattered in a boys’ bathroom. Students admitted to the vandalism.
Several teenagers tried to force their way into her classroom, but school personnel blocked their path. Witnesses said the young people were screaming “Free Palestine” and that the teacher “needs to go!”
Videos of the chaos flooded social media, with some set to Arabic music.
NYPD officers and school authorities were able to rush the teacher into a separate room and lock the door. Two dozen police were sent to the school, and now the counterterrorism unit of NYPD is investigating due to a possible threat against the institution.
City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens) said the unit’s involvement means law enforcement is taking the threat seriously. “I know from my many years on the City Council that the counterterrorism task force is not engaged unless they believe it is potentially a serious situation,” he said.