A teenage boy landed himself in the school principal’s office after he cooked a swastika Christmas biscuit and posted it on social media.
The 13-year-old shared a photo of the dessert he baked over the holiday period to his Instagram story with the hashtags ‘Hitler’, ‘myfavouritecookie’ and ‘Christmas cookies’.
Anti-Defamation Commission Chairman Dvir Abramovich alerted the school in Berwick, Melbourne’s south-east, to the teenager’s social media post.
The Year 8 student was then taken into a meeting with the principal and his parents were called into the school later that day.
The boy’s parents were appalled by his actions and forced him to deactivate all of his social media.
The 13-year-old shared a photo of the dessert he baked over the holiday period to his Instagram story with the hashtags ‘Hitler’, ‘myfavouritecookie’ and ‘Christmas cookies’
The teenager was reportedly ‘contrite’ after his online behaviour was addressed.
Dr Abramovich also took part in a meeting with the school principal, deputy principal and a representative from the department of education.
The school has now implemented after-school ‘education sessions’ for the next few weeks.
The student will be required to produce a detailed project on the Holocaust, anti-Semitism and write reflections.
The school’s principal has also indicated they will welcome Click Against Hate, the ADC’s anti-racism program.
The school has not been named to protect the identity of the student.
Dr Abramovich commended the school for how they handled the incident.
‘This is a case study on how a school should respond to incidents of antisemitism. No turning a blind eye,’ he said in a statement.
‘No dismissing of such ugliness as ”kids being kids”. No empty rhetoric about how this happened outside school hours, so it is outside our circle of responsibility.
‘Rather, what we saw here is swift and decisive action, which included disciplinary measures and the parents’ involvement so as to back up the zero tolerance to racism that the school has assured me they are committed to.
‘We all have a role to play in pushing back and addressing the escalation of religious and racial hate in our schools.’