THANKS LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR SWIFT RESPONSE
St. Louis, February 9, 2016 ….The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned a bomb threat called in this morning to the Saul Mirowitz Jewish Community School in Creve Coeur and thanked law enforcement officials for their swift response. Creve Coeur Police Department reported that after evacuation, the building was searched and with the assistance of St. Louis County’s K9 Unit, the threat was determined to be false.
Threats this morning also targeted Jewish schools in Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Munster, Indiana. These incidents follow on the heels of similar events the last week in January targeting three Jewish institutions in Florida.
At this time it is not known whether the threats are linked.
ADL regional director Karen Aroesty highlighted the impact that such events have beyond the school itself, recalling that “it was less than 2 years ago that a white supremacist killed three Christian innocents at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park asserting that he ‘wanted to kill Jews before he died’. Jewish families in the region are understandably anxious due to an increase in anti-Semitism in the US and around the world. The capacity for these bomb threats to wreak emotional havoc, particularly for the school’s youngest students, is substantial.”
ADL has been working with the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, the Interfaith Partnership, the US Attorneys Hate Crimes Task Force, and St. Louis Metropolitan and County police to convene experts for ongoing security learning for local Jewish institutions and all Houses of Worship. “Security is not something to be done in response to an alert or crisis, but must be a continuing process of engagement for staff and congregation members,” says Aroesty.
For ADL’s security resources, go to http://www.adl.org/combating-hate/community-security/.