A New York City crossing guard was removed from his post recently after he was reported to have thrown antisemitic slurs at a Rabbi and a Jewish child in January.
Under investigation for allegedly verbally abusing Rabbi Erica Gerson and her child with antisemitic slurs while the duo was crossing 79th Street and Amsterdam Ave in January, the city worker has currently been suspended from her duty as a crossing guard.
“It was pick-up time and I was crossing as [I] always do with my nine-year-old,” Gerson recounted. “I overheard [the crossing guard] describing one group of kids as ‘those Jewish kids,’ and I thought that was strange. She called us ‘nasty people, now we know why there’s no peace in the Middle East,’ and along with that she cursed a Kosher establishment. We stood there and looked at her and said, ‘I see you looking at me, let’s see you put a hand on me,’ the whole thing was totally surreal.”
After Gerson filed a police report, the NYPD released a statement saying, “Anyone who has taken an oath to serve in the NYPD is expected to act as a role model for our children and families. The NYPD does not tolerate discrimination in any form, particularly if it is rooted in hate speech or a bias against individuals.”