A Jewish teacher in New York City was forced to lock herself in an office at her school after hundreds of “radicalized” students began rampaging through the school after they learned that she attended a pro-Israel rally, according to a report.
The terrifying incident reportedly happened at Hillcrest High School in Queens around 11 a.m. on Monday and only became public news on Saturday after the New York Post broke the story.
“The teacher was seen holding a sign of Israel, like supporting it,” a senior at the school told the Post. “A bunch of kids decided to make a group chat, expose her, talk about it, and then talk about starting a riot.”
The Post reported that hundreds of students stormed into hallways and “ran amok, chanting, jumping, shouting, and waving Palestinian flags or banners,” adding that “many tried to barge into the teacher’s classroom despite school staffers blocking their entry.”
Writer Steve McGuire posted the video on X, writing: “The scene at Hillcrest High School in Queens as a Jewish teacher hid in her locked office for hours while students demanded she be fired for attending a pro-Israel rally.”
Students reportedly were screaming that the teacher needed to be fired because she supported Israel.
The scene at Hillcrest High School in Queens as a Jewish teacher hid in her locked office for hours while students demanded she be fired for attending a pro-Israel rally. pic.twitter.com/jzVCEofvJS
— Steve McGuire (@sfmcguire79) November 25, 2023
The video was posted on TikTok — a social media app controlled by the Chinese Communist Party that has spread pro-Hamas and anti-Israel propaganda in the weeks following the October 7 terrorist attack.
The comments on the video were vile and racist, with people calling the teacher a “cracker a** b****” for supporting Israel.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) sent a couple of dozens police officers, including its counterterrorism bureau, to quell the uprising at the school.
“Whether it was one student or multiple students who did or said something, whatever the trigger was, something happened,” said City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Queens). “And 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.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams claimed that New Yorkers were “better than this.”
“The vile show of antisemitism at Hillcrest High School was motivated by ignorance-fueled hatred, plain and simple, and it will not be tolerated in any of our schools, let alone anywhere else in our city,” he said. “@NYCSchools is already conducting a full investigation into how this incident took place, and, this week, Project Pivot teams will begin outreach with students at Hillcrest to ensure they understand why this behavior was unacceptable.”
@NYCSchools is already conducting a full investigation into how this incident took place, and, this week, Project Pivot teams will begin outreach with students at Hillcrest to ensure they understand why this behavior was unacceptable.
— Mayor Eric Adams (@NYCMayor) November 26, 2023