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Parents outraged over students' anti-Semitic game

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A second meeting held regarding the game on Monday, June 2, 2014. A second meeting held regarding the game on Monday, June 2, 2014.
A second meeting held regarding the game on Monday, June 2, 2014. A second meeting held regarding the game on Monday, June 2, 2014.
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Screen shots from a video game invite sent to an eighth grade Ogden International School student stunned his West Town mother. The group was apparently started by three students and describes itself as “a group of friendly racists.”

“It’s anti-Semitism. They said let’s take all the Jews and throw them into an army camp and dispose of them,” said Lisa Wolf-Clemente in an interview with FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis.

Wolf-Clemente said her son is being relentlessly harassed by the three boys because he is Jewish and she says her other son is also a victim.

“My younger son at the East campus got punched in the face at lunch,” said Wolf-Clemente.

Wolf-Clemente says she doesn’t know if the incident is related.

“You tell me. They’re going to say it’s not but it’s percolating,” said Wolf-Clemente.

“Chicago Public Schools will never tolerate bullying or harassment by any student in any school. As a district we are committed to ensuring safe school environments in which every child feels secure, comfortable and respected,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett in a statement emailed to FOX 32 News.

Ogden International School’s principal, Joshua VanderJagt, held a meeting Thursday afternoon with parents to discuss the accusations.

“I actually think that it’s something that should be talked about on a weekly basis for these kids,” said Tracy Perkins whose son attends Ogden International School.

Wolf-Clemente said the school brushed off her concerns for nearly three months until she took her complaints to social media. She said her son is mortified.

“He was on the bus today and the students were laughing and playing, everything is back to normal, while he’s sitting in the back totally embarrassed about being Jewish,” said Wolf-Clemente.

FOX 32’s Tisha Lewis reports several students were suspended as a result of the bullying incident and have since returned to the school. The suspensions varied in length in accordance with the district’s Student Code of Conduct.

Chicago Public Schools says the principal has sent two letters to parents informing them of the incident and the steps the school were taking to address it. The letters included messages to parents to monitor the on-line video games that their children play.

The school is hosting a parent forum at 4:30 p.m. Thursday to talk through the issue and allow them to ask questions about the school’s response. Anti-bullying literature is to be distributed at the forum. Parents at the school’s eastern campus have been invited to participate in a forum on the same topic Friday.

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