published : 2023-11-26

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Condemns Students' Antisemitic Riot at Hillcrest High School

Investigation launched into incident that left teacher hiding in office

A photo of NYC Mayor Eric Adams delivering a passionate speech against antisemitism, taken with a Nikon D850 camera.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams has announced a full investigation into a shocking incident of antisemitism at Hillcrest High School in Queens.

Students at the school reportedly rioted after learning that a teacher had attended a pro-Israel rally.

The incident, which occurred on Monday, forced the school to shut down for two hours and left the teacher hiding inside a locked office.

Mayor Adams condemned the act of antisemitism as a 'vile show' driven by ignorance-fueled hatred.

A candid shot capturing students engaged in peaceful dialogue to promote understanding and unity, taken with a Canon EOS R5 camera.

He emphasized that such behavior would not be tolerated in any school or in the city as a whole.

'We are better than this,' Adams said in a statement.

The investigation aims to determine how this antisemitic incident took place and to ensure accountability.

The teacher in question, who remains anonymous, has been part of the city's school system for 23 years and has been teaching at Hillcrest for seven years.

An image of Hillcrest High School in Jamaica Hills, Queens, where the incident of antisemitism took place, showcasing the diverse student body, taken with a Sony Alpha 7 III camera.

She expressed her distress at the calls for violence against her both online and in the hallways.

The teacher's safety, along with that of all students and staff, should never be compromised in the school environment.

Adams also highlighted an increase in reported antisemitic incidents following a recent attack by Hamas on Israel, which has led some parents to reconsider where they will send their children to college.

Jennifer Brozost, co-founder of the Private Education Advisory Service, underscored this trend and noted the impact it has on college choices.