A suburban St. Louis middle school has people enraged because a bunch of sixth graders decided to stage “Hit a Jew Day“.

 It began with an unofficial “Spirit Week” among sixth-graders that started harmlessly enough with a “Hug a Friend Day.” Then there was “High Five Day.”

Soon, though, the days moved from friendly to silly. Next there was “Hit a Tall Person Day” and, finally, “Hit a Jew Day.”

There are 35 Jewish students at the school.  Assaults ranged from back slaps to face slaps.

Karen Aroesty, St. Louis regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said this was more than a case of bullying. Her group is meeting tomorrow with district leaders.

“It is shocking and distressing to see anti-Semitism acted out by middle school students,” Aroesty said a statement. “Our schools and schoolyards are places where respect and understanding should be the norm. We appreciate that administrators are responding swiftly and look forward to working with Parkway West Middle School to turn these incidents into teachable moments that will resonate both in the classroom and at home.”

Later in the school year the the sixth-graders will be studying the Holocaust.

Too little too late. It could be argued that when we reduced the time teaching history to replace it with teaching diversity studies, diversity tolerance actually went down. If these kids learned about the Holocaust sooner, there would be no “hit a Jew” day.