School to pay $4.5M settlement to bullied Jewish students

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A federal judge approved a $4.5 million settlement between an upstate New York school district and five Jewish students who say they endured years of abuse by classmates who made Holocaust jokes toward them and drew swastikas in hallways and lockers.

One of the five current and former students who testified at a hearing Thursday when the settlement was approved held back sobs as she described becoming suicidal after repeated acts of anti-Semitic bullying.

“I will never be able to get those years of my childhood back,” the 17-year-old said, according to the New York Times. “I used to be an outgoing kid who wasn’t afraid to talk to people and make new friends.”

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