WASHINGTON (JTA) — Some Philadelphia-area high school students were disciplined after they allegedly taunted an opposing basketball team with Holocaust slurs.
Police, school authorities and the Anti-Defamation League are investigating an exchange of taunts at the Dec. 15 game in suburban Philadelphia between Upper Darby and Lower Merion high schools, local media reported.
Lower Merion has a large Jewish population, and as the game progressed taunts from a small group of students supporting Upper Darby turned anti-Semitic.
Among the taunts reported: "Warm up the ovens," "You’re so Jewish, get your yarmulke," and "We’ll write you letters when you’re in Auschwitz."
School officials said the Upper Darby students who shouted the taunts were identified and that the school took "very serious disciplinary actions."
Lower Merion won the game, 51-27.