Students Face Punishment for "Hit a Jew Day"

ST. LOUIS (AP) - At least four students from a suburban St. Louis middle school face punishment for allegedly hitting Jewish classmates during what they called "Hit a Jew Day."

The incident happened last week at Parkway West Middle School in

District spokesman Paul Tandy says some of the school's
approximately three dozen Jewish students were hit on the shoulders
or backs. But in one case, a student was allegedly slapped in the

It began with an unofficial "Spirit Week" among sixth-graders that started harmlessly enough with a "Hug a Friend Day." Then
there was "High Five Day." Soon, though, the days moved from
friendly to silly. Next there was "Hit a Tall Person Day" and, finally, "Hit a Jew Day."

Tandy says those who actually struck classmates could face
suspension and required counseling.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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