The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) yesterday condemned an act of anti-Semitism at the Jewish Life House at Wheaton College. Graffiti was found yesterday on the back door of the building where Jewish students congregate on Howard Street. ADL released the following statement:
“ADL condemns this anti-Semitic incident, and commends Wheaton College President Ronald Crutcher for immediately making it clear to all that acts of hate will not be tolerated,” said Derrek L. Shulman, Regional Director of ADL New England, adding praise for Wheaton’s pre-existing protocols and “bias response team.”
“We commend Campus Police and Norton Police for responding swiftly and seriously to this apparent Hate Crime,” added Jeffrey Robbins, ADL New England Regional Board of Directors Board Chair. “ADL will continue to work with the campus community, and help it to grow stronger in response to this deeply troubling incident.”
Students living at the Jewish Life House have reported being targeted on other occasions, including hateful remarks shouted from the street as recently as Friday evening, when the Jewish Sabbath begins.
The Wheaton College office or President will hold a town hall meeting 3:30 p.m. Tuesday to give an update on what the college is doing in light of the act. awful, disheartening acts against people in our people community. All professors will be notified of the event and will allow students to miss class during this time.