Newton Mayor announces plan to combat anti-Semitic incidents

Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
Newton Mayor Setti Warren. –AP

NEWTON, Mass. (AP) — The mayor of a Massachusetts town whose schools have been targeted by a recent spate of anti-Semitic incidents has announced a plan to ensure students in the district feel welcome.

The office of Newton Mayor Setti Warren says the city has brought in a civil rights consultant to work alongside Newton school administrators.

Warren says the city wants to emphasize its community values. He says he plans to hold a community discussion April 7 at City Hall.

Three incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti have been reported at Newton North High School since a March 11 basketball game at which student fans of the opposing team chanted, ‘‘You killed Jesus.’’


The Boston-area high school has a large Jewish population.

Catholic Memorial School officials apologized and students were reprimanded.

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