Three Families Have Filed A Federal Lawsuit Against The School District

NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — The United States Justice Department has joined an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitic harassment at an Orange County school.

State agencies have also been looking into whether the Pine Bush Central School District allowed Jewish students to be bullied.

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Neighbors rallied in the Orange County municipality Sunday night, saying the good name of their town has been besmirched following the reports of the anti-Semitic bullying.

As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, car horns honked in support of dozens of mothers, fathers, teachers and students, who were linked arm-in-arm with a message.

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“I want them to look at this line, and I want them to see the interlock of love and respect and acceptance of all different colors, race and religion,” said Lula Tartaglione.

“We are a loving, caring community,” added Annette Kahrs, “and we don’t deserve to be painted in such a negative fashion.”

Three families have filed a federal lawsuit against the district over swastikas and other messages of hate that were found in the schools. They alleged school officials turned a blind eye to years of anti-Semitic bullying by students.

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