By COLlive reporter
A young Jewish boy with special needs was recently the victim of a shocking suspected hate crime at his public school in the Las Vegas area.
The visibly Jewish 17-year-old is on the autistic spectrum, and is a student at Clark High School, where he attends regular classes and has a full-time shadow to assist him.
The teen, who is nonverbal and attends school with a service dog, returned home on March 9th with a Swastika carved on his back, his mother, who wishes to remain anonymous, told COLlive.com.
“My son is the only student I know of who wears a Kippah at the school,” his mother said. She said she noticed her son’s shocking injury that evening.
The boy’s mother said that she notified the school about the injury by email that night, but was told by her son’s shadow that “nothing happened at school,” she relates. The mother also discovered her son’s service dog’s equipment bag had been broken and resewn.
The following Monday, March 13th, the family filed a report with the Clark County School District Police.
The distressed mother says that the school does not allow video cameras in classrooms, locker rooms or bathrooms, so there is no video of the alleged incident. She says she has pulled her son out of the school “because it’s an unsafe environment.”
The FBI is currently investigating the incident as a suspected hate crime, YNet news reported.
The Israeli-American Council (IAC) recently reported an increase in the number of complaints from Israeli-American students regarding antisemitic incidents in schools throughout the United States.