Students recruited participants online to play Nazis and Jews. (There’s no indication the “Jews” were actually Jewish.) In one version, “Jews” were blindfolded, dumped somewhere and told to find their way back to school. In another, “Nazis” in cars chased a “Jew” on foot. Losers were subject to “incineration” or “enslavement.” It was voluntary. Some students said they didn’t know the game’s name, reported the Desert Sun. Commenters said the game is played at local high schools without the name.
School officials say the game was discussed on campus; seven seniors face some sort of discipline.
Strauss calls it a no-brainer.
Such behavior demonstrates a level of idiocy and mean-spiritedness that shows that these kids haven’t learned enough in school to be awarded a diploma and walk around as representatives of a public school system.
I’d withhold the diploma until they took some history and decency lessons. I wouldn’t be sure that these kids would learn much — the home environment plays a big role in how kids perceive the world — but the education effort should be made nevertheless. Prejudice is learned behavior, and it can be unlearned.
I disagree. A high school diploma indicates graduates have passed the necessary classes; it is not a guarantee of decency, maturity or sensitivity. I suspect these kids aren’t prejudiced against Jews. They wanted to play at being bad.