Wednesday, November 14, 2018

hate crime at Hemenway middle school

I've seen it all now. What little kid would write threatening notes to a Muslim girl in middle school? I just can't believe there's that much hate in our middle school. When they find out who did this, what will be the ramifications? Expel the student? Will the kid be charged criminally? And who are the perpetrators parents? Do little kids really understand what they are doing? This just makes me sick knowing that our community of little school age kids are that hate filled.

“Today we had another serious incident that threatens the safety of the Hemenway Community.  This morning the same student who had received a hate note in her mailbox on Friday, found another threatening note.  Again all students were upset and saddened that their classmate had received yet another note. At this time we still do not know who wrote either note,” wrote Hemenway Principal Liz Simon to parents.

25 Comments:

At November 14, 2018 at 12:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope the cops fingerprint the heck out of the letter. Then the question will be, will all these distraught parents allow their kids to be fingerprinted to aid in finding the culprit?

 
At November 14, 2018 at 1:55 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Good point. That'll be controversial for sure. How will parents explain that I wonder.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 3:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

These are middle schoolers. I suspect that if the police come in and they are all in a general assembly and the police tell them they are going to fingerprint the letter to find the culprit, the kids will be scared enough to rat each other out. Someone knows something. And the kid that wrote that letter obviously comes from a household that holds those beleifs,so don't expect help from that kids parents on this issue.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We as a community should be outraged over this. Has the mayor or DC or anyone other elected official even commented on this? Which district is the school in?

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Question for you Jim. Has the number of this type of incidents increased since our new President took office? We blame parents but any kid with access to the news sees the President blaming all the wrongs of the world on Mexicans, Muslims, women and immigrants. We worry about kids exposure to pot. What about their exposure to that hatred we see being spewed by so many both on line and in the news that these kids see every day. When are we going to wake up and say this has to be stopped.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:24 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only took about 5 hours before someone started blaming Trump. This is not Trump, this is the household and its values, period.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would respectfully ask how you know that it is the household and not Trump unless you are that household. The posting did not blame Trump, just asked the question about if this could be part of the issue. Fair questions. I am surprised at such a quick and defensive response.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the top story on Boston.com More great press for Framingham.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:49 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

No one knows if the kid watches the news to see Trump. So too early to blame Trump. Too early to blame the household.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ultimately this could be some kid thinking this would be funny. Who knows. Lets hope it is not a sign of bigotry among middle schoolers

 
At November 14, 2018 at 4:55 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it interesting that there are several people defending Trump here. To say that kids don't see the news is a bit of a stretch don't you think? Every kid is connected to the internet so every kid sees some type of news. And also, that first comment did not blame Trump but asked a questions. Seems people here are a bit quick to defend someone who is not being attacked. Where is the support for the poor kid who got the notes?

 
At November 14, 2018 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

From CNN and the FBI yesterday
The report found that 7,175 hate crimes were reported by law enforcement agencies in 2017, up from 6,121 reported incidents in 2016. While the number has increased, the number of agencies reporting also increased by about 1,000.
Why prosecuting hate crimes can be difficult
Why prosecuting hate crimes can be difficult
Of the 7,106 single-bias hate crimes reported, 59.6% of victims were targeted because of the offenders' race/ethnicity/ancestry bias; 20.6% were targeted because of sexual-orientation bias; 1.9% were targeted because of gender identity bias; and 0.6% were targeted because of gender bias. Sixty-nine multiple bias hate crime incidents were also reported.

Notably, of the 1,679 religious bias crimes reported in 2017, 58.1% were anti-Jewish while 18.6% were anti-Muslim.

 
At November 14, 2018 at 5:47 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I just say the interview with the victims uncle. The 10 year old is afraid to go outside. As the Uncle stated, "10 year olds don't know about racism yet". I don't see that in my 11 year old or 13 year old granddaughters.
Maybe kids are getting and reading headlines about the state of affairs o social media, but again I don't see that.
We can't rule out the realities of our present Federal government. My guess is that the perp has had influence from home. But how are we going to know who it is... are the cops going to make public his or her name? I don't even know if that's even legal. The child may be ostracized out of the school. The parents will be as well. Will a record of this be in the kids school file? Will it travel with him or her forever?
No word yet, no press conference, (only from the school Super today), from the Mayor or the King Giombetti, but hey this is not a groundbreaking ceremony for new apartments. < blatant sarcasm

 
At November 14, 2018 at 6:29 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim I agree I think the greater probability is in the home. But the Blame it on Trump people are likely to disagree.

 
At November 15, 2018 at 9:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long does it take to determine if they can lift a print off the letters?

 
At November 15, 2018 at 10:21 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I haven't a clue how far the cops will go to determine who wrote the note. I'm betting the FBI can lift prints if they are asked to. I don't think FPD has those capabilities.

 
At November 15, 2018 at 10:24 AM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

From the Globe today:
The Council on American-Islamic Relations has invited the public to send letters of support to the 10 year old and her family to counteract the hateful message. Letters can be sent to: CAIR-MA, 123 South Street, Suite 3, Boston Mass 02111

 
At November 15, 2018 at 1:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea to send letters. Thanks for sharing that information Jim

 
At November 15, 2018 at 1:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has hoax been ruled out?

 
At November 15, 2018 at 1:53 PM , Blogger Jim Pillsbury said...

I never thought of a hoax... same as calling in a bomb threat. I really wonder what the outcome will be and when.

I'm sending a letter to the family. They deserve to know our community is not going to tolerate this kind of hateful bullshit.

 
At November 15, 2018 at 3:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't some of the racist threats that were reported at Framingham State end up being hoaxes?

 
At November 15, 2018 at 3:31 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

I didn't hear that about FSU... I'll do some checking.

 
At November 15, 2018 at 3:38 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

So a strange web site, turtleboysports reported that the FBI was investigating a student who claims to have received hate notes from Dec 2017. Looks a little fishy to me and I can't find any corroborating facts surrounding the case.

https://turtleboysports.com/the-fbi-is-now-investigating-the-fake-framingham-state-hate-crime-from-a-football-player-who-feels-unsafe-because-of-a-note-he-probably-wrote-to-himself/

 
At November 15, 2018 at 4:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

There were swastikas at FSU a few months ago I think. That could be what the poster is refering to.

 
At November 15, 2018 at 4:58 PM , Blogger jim Pillsbury said...

Oh Man.. I didn't hear that... geez. I read everything I can daily.

 

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