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Bedford dealing with anti-Semitic incidents in the schools

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The Bedford school superintendent says he is taking swift action with police, clergy and town officials to address a string of anti-Semitic incidents that have taken place in three schools this year, including hateful graffiti at the high school and a game among elementary-age children in which Jews were being targeted and “jailed’’ by Christians.

Superintendent Jon Sills said an elementary school student also said she was told that her country would be destroyed because she is Jewish, and another child was told by a peer that she could not have a cracker because Jews didn’t believe in Jesus Christ.

School and town officials say they will not tolerate the behavior and are taking steps to increase awareness, add more diversity instruction to the curriculum, and seek input from the community about how else to respond.

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