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Ovens at Auschwitz: The latest "joke" for Chicago kids

The mother of a Chicago eighth grader claims her son is being taunted and bullied by other students who turned a video game into a vile anti-Semitic vehicle which they are using to insult and threaten her son because he is Jewish.

Ogden International School is a Chicago public school serving the North side of Chicago. As an international school, it prides itself on immersing students “in a rich and safe environment to obtain awareness of foreign cultures,” and encourages them to develop “skills necessary for global citizenship and competency.”

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CBS local news in Chicago, however, reported that, according to the mother of a Jewish student, a group of students at the school turned the video game app “Clash of Clans” into a vicious anti-Semitic game.

Clash of Clans is a two year old iPad/iPhone/iPod/Android video strategy game created by Supercell. Players can construct and expand their village, unlock successively more powerful warriors and defenses, raid and pillage goods from other villages, and create and join clans.

Some eighth graders at Ogden International, however, allegedly created a team called the “Jew Incinerator Clan.” The complaining mother reported that those students also posted racist goals.

The Chicago news station reported that administrators from the Chicago Public Schools acknowledged that a complaint had been brought.

“Chicago Public Schools is serious about providing safe learning environments for its students and does not tolerate any acts of bullying. School administration and district officials are aware of the concerns and are investigating,” CPS said in a statement.

The mother of the child being bullied said that two of the problematic students had written apology letters, but other students ignored the complaint.

“It’s disturbing,” says the parent, who asked that her identity be concealed. “They’re using a game as a catalyst to truly spread hate.”

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Lori Lowenthal Marcus is a contributor to the JewishPress.com. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com

82 COMMENTS

  1. Wth is wrong with those kids? Why is it discrimination if it’s anybody but the Jewish people? Same thing here in Canada, we white folks can’t scream discrimination but everybody else can (something about a reverse discrimination law) – ugh – poor Jews. A Jew incinerator clan game sounds outrageous and horrible. Really!

  2. This is just unthinkable and unacceptable! What are these children being taught! Then they blame the Guns for the lack of parenting or lack of control over what children are viewing or spending their time and energy on. Where are the parents!

  3. I went to a religious school & I knew as soon as I saw this it was a public school, no matter how dressed up. Overpaid asministrators guarding their jobs, scared teachers, whose hands are tied, nobody to turn to. No moral, ethical teaching. Not impressed.

  4. Hey parents what the hell are you either sayin at home or teaching your kids? Older siblings are you listening too? Wake up and smell reality! This is acceptable maybe……maybe…..no not there ……. Nope there either…….not even there! That leaves ..uh…..NOWHERE!?

  5. Very true, Nitza. Children grow up assuming that their parents behavior is correct….until someone teaches them otherwise, and even then it's hard to change what kids have heard their whole lives. Disturbing and shameful that there is still so much hate in the world.

  6. Of course no publicity… It’s not a case of police brutality, a shooting and (big shocker) noone cares about our rights! Just makes me want to raise my Israeli flag even higher in my yard! Sick of antisemitic idiots who know, not ONE Jew…yet hate us. Grrr.

  7. No child is born a hater, it is taught. I live in San Francisco, and as I was riding the bus, there were high school kids in the back. Though I couldn't quite hear what one of them said, one of the others replied, "Hitler should have killed them all." That was bad enough, but when I looked to see who said that, I was shocked because they were all Asian. A demographic that I truly wouldn't have expected would say such a thing.

  8. And even that will come to pass. We have the good guys and we have the meanies. When has it not been that way. Do not heed them for they are not open to goodness. Somehow in their life they did not learn the Torah and what it means to be set apart for G-D. You are dealing with goyim and do not expect much of anything from them. Train your youth in Abit Warrior Arts. Good for them physically, mentally and spiritually. I know that to be true.

  9. As long as they can financially afford a Jewish School and the distance to get there is not too great. It is one way though even then a child could encounter another bully in their life. Learning how to handle bullies is an art in itself and very do able.

  10. Phil Silverman Generically speaking I have been led to understand that the word “you“ can mean collectively a group of people without naming them specifically. Does this make any sense whatsoever to you. Hope so.

  11. that school must use this example to improve their curriculum perhaps some sociologist psychologist and educators could devise an experimental environment to demonstrate the end results of such hateful behavior

  12. This should not be taken lightly. These 8th graders should be be taken to the Holocaust Museum and stand in the actual Box Car they have from Germany. The other displays show what the horror was like but sadly I think 8 th grade bullies have under developed brains. I would love to tell them of my Mothers misery traveling with her family to the camps.

  13. This should not be taken lightly. These 8th graders should be be taken to the Holocaust Museum and stand in the actual Box Car they have from Germany. The other displays show what the horror was like but sadly I think 8 th grade bullies have under developed brains. I would love to tell them of my Mothers misery traveling with her family to the camps.

  14. Please come show your support at Ogdens west campus at 430. They school has known about this for 6 months and has ignored it – one parent even stated ‘ boys will be boys’ !

  15. This article doesn’t even begin to explain the situation. Please look at my timeline on Facebook for further details. Hope to see you tomorrow. We can’t ignore this

  16. Please come show your support at Ogdens west campus at 430. They school has known about this for 6 months and has ignored it – one parent even stated ' boys will be boys' !

  17. This article doesn't even begin to explain the situation. Please look at my timeline on Facebook for further details. Hope to see you tomorrow. We can't ignore this

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