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Jewish teacher sues DOE over antisemitism at NYC high school, shares abhorrent email: ‘All Jews need to be exterminated’

A Jewish teacher who mentioned she was terrorized by college students at her Brooklyn high faculty — together with with swastikas, dying threats, Nazi salutes and Hitler-loving feedback — has sued over the heinous antisemitism that faculty officers allegedly allowed to run rampant.

Danielle Kaminsky, whose alleged ordeal was detailed in a front-page Post expose about hateful incidents at Origins High School in Sheepshead Bay, claims bigotry was “effectively promoted and encouraged” there, in accordance to the Brooklyn federal lawsuit from Friday.

Kaminsky, 33, a world historical past teacher, claims she was the sufferer of a slew of antisemitic incidents because the Oct. 7 Hamas bloodbath — together with an e mail she obtained saying, “All Jews need to be exterminated.”

Michael Beaudry and Danielle Kaminsky
Teacher Danielle Kaminsky and campus administrator Michael Beaudry went to communicate at a congressional briefing Friday as their swimsuit was filed in a Brooklyn courtroom. Marc Armas

According to the swimsuit, from Oct. 8 by way of March — when Kaminsky was lastly transferred to one other faculty — college students engaged in an array of “aggressive antisemitism” at Origins together with marching by way of campus chanting “f–k the Jews,” and “Death to Israel!” whereas waiving the Palestinian flags, drawing swastikas on faculty grounds and glorifying Adolf Hitler, the swimsuit claims.

But when Kaminsky, 33, spoke up about it, the varsity retaliated in opposition to her, the swimsuit alleges.

Campus supervisor Michael Beaudry — the opposite plaintiff within the swimsuit — supported Kaminsky and made a bid for the administration to intervene, however was additionally allegedly punished for talking out.

“The students conducted their campaign of hate within a New York City public school, emblazoned it in graffiti on its furniture, scribbled it on blackboards, circulated it in emails and text messages, and repeated it on papers and notes foisted on, and taunts directed at, Jewish teachers and students,” the swimsuit fees.

Michael Beaudry and Danielle Kaminsky
Kaminsky and Beaudry say they confronted retaliation for talking out about rampant antisemitism at Origins High School in Brooklyn. Michael Nagle

Kaminsky and Beaudry’s alleged nightmarish experiences have been a part of a wave of antisemitic incidents reported at New York City faculties within the wake of the fear group’s assault on the Jewish state — together with one anti-Israel riot by college students at a Queens faculty that left a teacher cowering in worry.

Schools Chancellor David Banks is ready to testify on Wednesday earlier than the US House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce — the identical congressional panel that has grilled presidents of elite universities about antisemitism on campus.

“Students and staff deserve to be safe and respected in their school and Origins High School is no different. We will review this lawsuit,” mentioned Department of Education spokesman Nathaniel Styer.

During the hateful march at Origins on Oct. 11, college students chanted “death to Israel” and different vitriol — however faculty officers didn’t mete out any punishments, in accordance to the lawsuit.

This solely “emboldened” the scholar to begin “directing antisemitism at Jewish teachers and students,” the paperwork allege.

A photo of the word "die" written on her classroom door.
Kaminsky says the varsity’s lack of punishment for bigotry at faculty meant it may thrive. She obtained a slew of hate together with college students writing “die” on her class door.

One pupil the day after, drew swastikas on Kaminsky’s blackboard throughout class, others left post-it notes on her door and bulletin board and round faculty saying “death to Israel,” the submitting claims.

But Interim Acting Principal Dara Kammerman “fueled” the bigotry by failing to punish the scholars and as a substitute internet hosting a restorative justice circle — which the teenagers known as the “Pro-Palestinian Circle,” the swimsuit claims.

Kaminsky and one other Jewish teacher at Origins obtained a very vicious e mail titled “filthy Jew Kaminsky” on March 5 from somebody threatening: “All Jews need to be exterminated. Their doors kicked in in the middle of the night. A bullet put in each of their heads.

“Through all history, the k–es are purveyors of mass death and suffering. They will never stop until
they are stopped. Kaminsky the foul whiny Jew has no place in America let alone a school
system. Here’s hoping the Muslim students put an end to her, and that it’s both terrifying
and very painful,” the e-mail continued.

A fight in the halls of Origin High school
Kaminsky mentioned that pupil’s marched round faculty grounds chanting “death to Israel.”

Kaminsky and Beaudry’s lawyer Jim Walden mentioned they don’t know who the e-mail was from and hope to discover out over the course of litigation.

Roughly a yr earlier, Kaminsky was compelled to eliminated at least 10 college students from class for “abhorrent behavior” during which they spewed hateful remarks throughout a presentation from two interns of the Museum of Jewish Heritage forward of a faculty journey.

One pupil mentioned he would “take money out of dead Jewish people’s corpses” and one other added “why would anyone want to help the Jewish people” — feedback forcing Kaminsky to interrupt the presentation a number of occasions and excuse college students from the category, the submitting alleges.

The museum’s invitation for college students from Origins to go to on a faculty journey was rescinded after the incident, the papers declare.

Origins High School in Sheepshead Bay.
The lawsuit claims that faculty administration failed to intervene or punish any of the scholars. Helayne Seidman

Beaudry had warned Kammerman in opposition to internet hosting the “Pro-Palestinian Circle” within the aftermath of the scholar march, telling her she wasn’t allowed to interact with college students in political speech, however she responded “I’m doing it,” the swimsuit claims.

Shortly after on Oct. 25, 2023, a Jewish pupil despatched Kammerman a letter saying he felt threatened and requested to be transferred to one other faculty, in accordance to the lawsuit.

Kammerman additionally failed to punish a pupil who was one of many college students who left hateful post-it notes round faculty and who was caught on Jan. 9, 2024 with fireworks in her jacket pocket, the swimsuit says.

“Kammerman intervened on [the student’s] behalf to forestall her arrest, as NYPD was eventually altered to the incident,” the courtroom paperwork declare.

Danielle Kaminsky
Kaminsky was finally transferred to one other faculty after a number of prior requests, due to feeling unsafe at Origins. Michael Nagle

And issues continued to escalate with one pupil posting on a classroom message board with Kaminsky “f–k u” and “ima bomb this school,” the submitting alleges.

Students additionally went after a Jewish teacher they came upon was homosexual, with one pupil getting arrested after threatening he would “pull you into the back of a van and rape you because you are gay,” the criticism says.

When the scholar finally got here again to faculty he wore a “Hitler-style mustache drawn under his nose” and stepped right into a classroom with different college students and “performed the Nazi salute” — in an incident caught on faculty surveillance cameras, the courtroom papers declare.

Danielle Kaminsky
Kaminsky and Beaudry declare they have been retaliated in opposition to for talking out in regards to the antisemitism.

In a separate incident on January 22, two college students — who have been caught on video posting a Palestinian flag in Kaminsky’s room — approached her when she was alone, saying “How do you feel about Hitler?” — which she took as a risk, the submitting claims.

Kaminsky requested to switch faculties a number of occasions however as a substitute was met with retaliation together with unfounded “disciplinary conferences” and threats of low efficiency scores, the courtroom papers declare.

She was finally transferred to a faculty in Queens in March 2024 however was informed she may solely keep for 3 months and would need to discover one other faculty after. Kaminsky was additionally restricted from most digital techniques and processes that lecturers have been ordinarily given, the swimsuit claims.

Similarly, Beaudry, 48, was additionally retaliated in opposition to, having been given three notices for “disciplinary conferences” in January 2024 and he was compelled to work at home beginning March 5 till his “investigations” have been resolved, the submitting claims.

He was eliminated as athletic director on March 22, which “had the effect of reducing his compensation,” the swimsuit alleges.

They pair are suing for unspecified damages.

The Post first solely reported on Kaminsky and Beaudry’s experiences in March with Kaminsky saying at the time: “I live in fear going to work every day.”

“This had been devastating for Danielle and Michael,” Walden informed The Post. “Obviously, no one seeks to be an educator only to be a target of racist attacks.”

“But to be belittled and disparaged by—and worse, to suffer reprisals from—those is charge has been a monumental challenge. The story of their resilience is a lesson in courage,” the lawyer mentioned.

Kaminsky and Beaudry have been invited to communicate at a discussion board in Washington DC Friday hosted by the not-for-profit Brandeis Center the place they shared their experiences with congressional employees, their lawyer Jim Walden informed The Post.

“It seems to have been a complete abdication of responsibility, and then an attempted cover up,” mentioned Mark Goldfeder, who serves as senior counsel at the Brandeis Center, about faculty officers’ alleged inaction.

He urged Congress to “hold their feet to the fire” within the upcoming House listening to on “Confronting Pervasive Antisemitism in K-12 Schools.”

Walden mentioned his shoppers are ready to discover out whether or not they are going to be invited to testify subsequent week at the hearings that Banks will participate in.

“Every country in the world is represented in NYC Public Schools, and our schools are not insulated from global events, nor the hate, fear, or bigotry that accompanies times like these. To address the pernicious threat of antisemitism, Chancellor Banks’ ‘Meeting the Moment’ plan focuses on addressing incidents quickly with appropriate discipline, education, and engagement with our communities,” Styer mentioned.

Kammerman and reps with the town Law Department didn’t return requests for remark.

Additional reporting by Joshua Christenson

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