A school district in Maryland is dealing with nine reported antisemitic incidents that occurred over a five-day period, beginning last Friday.
Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Monifa McKnight told a virtual news conference on Wednesday that the multiple antisemitic acts had taken place at four elementary, middle and high schools late last week and this week, according to NBC Washington.
"To have nine incidents happen within our school system says that this is absolutely unacceptable," McKnight said.
She warned that students who commit acts of hate would face punishments, including having the incidents permanently on their school records.
"It will document the student who engaged in the act, it will indicate their grade level … and it will identify what the act was," McKnight said.
In one of the cases, a student wrote “KKK” on the front steps of Westbrook Elementary School in Bethesda after the school held a “Chalk the Walk” rally on Monday night in solidarity with the Jewish community against antisemitism.
Other incidents that occurred this week included a swastikas scrawled on school grounds and students sharing images of swastikas.
Montgomery County Council President Evan Glass called for the creation of an anti-hate task force that would bring together community members.
“We have to do everything we can to make sure people feel safe, seen and heard for being their true, authentic selves,” he said.