Police investigate alleged racism by pupils at Orthodox Jewish school

It is claimed students hurled racist abuse to students and staff at a neighbouring school


Police have launched an investigation into alleged racist abuse by pupils at an Orthodox Jewish school.

The incident involved pupils from Menorah Grammar School in Edgware, north London hurling racist abuse at neighbouring students and staff from Menorah Foundation School (MFS) last Tuesday (June 20).

According to an email to parents seen by the JC, it involved “a few boys using abusive and racial language to members of staff and pupils at the neighbouring Menorah Foundation School”.

The email, signed by headmaster Rabbi Yoel Rabinowitz last Wednesday (June 21) adds: “MFS informed the school office of this in detail this morning, and we are working with them and taking the matter extremely seriously. 

“We do not tolerate such conduct in Menorah Grammar School, and we are not prepared to have the reputation of 99% of our boys, damaged by a tiny minority.” 

Another email, written by the school’s safeguarding lead, read: “I need to alert you that a hate crime has been reported to the Police by the Headteacher of the Menorah Foundation School which involves some of our students.

“As there will be a full investigation, I felt that it was imperative to update you accordingly as some students may be interviewed by the authorities.

“We take the matter very seriously and where necessary, there will be serious consequences for those involved.

“We are aware that the vast majority of boys in the school would never be associated with such a matter and as always thank you for your ongoing support.”

A Met Police spokesman said: “On Tuesday, 20 June police received a report of racist and sexual comments made by pupils at a school in Abbots Road, Edgware.

“The allegations are being investigated. Enquiries continue.”

When the JC contacted Menorah Grammar School for comment, a member of staff from the office said: “I really know nothing about it. I’m sorry, I can’t help you.” 

The Menorah Foundation School has also been approached for comment. 

Menorah Grammar has nearly 300 male students between the ages of 11 and 21 and Menorah Foundation School is a primary school for boys and girls.

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