State cites district over anti-Semitic harassment of girl

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state Attorney General’s office says a school district failed to sufficiently address anti-Semitic harassment of a Jewish student.

The office announced Thursday the finding against the Monmouth County Vocational School District. A parent had alleged last year that her daughter was subjected to unlawful discrimination at the district-run Marine Academy of Science and Technology high school at Sandy Hook.

Among the incidents cited was one in which two male students wrote an anti-Semitic comment in large letters in the sand at a school-sponsored event.

The school disciplined the students. But state officials say it apparently failed to take any broader actions.

Monmouth County Superintendent Timothy M. McCorkell said in a statement Friday that the district “took action to address the school environment” and ensure it’s “free of harassment, intimidation and bullying.”