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ERIC Number: EJ779241
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Confronting a Neo-Nazi Hate Group
Furin, Terrance L.
School Administrator, v64 n10 p32-36 Nov 2007
The peaceful quiet that often accompanies the warming of a mid-April morning in a rural/suburban school district outside Philadelphia was broken harshly when several alarmed high school students arrived at school with Neo-Nazi flyers. The flyers were designed to recruit new members into a hate group calling itself the Pottstown SS. In addition, the group attempted a show of strength by calling for a boycott by students of all the district's schools to commemorate the anniversary of Heinrich Himmler's death. The flyer contained a rough drawing of Himmler, chief of the German police, flanked by swastikas and twin thunder/lightning bolts meant to replicate the dreaded SS insignia. Dramatically, one of a superintendent's most-dreaded nightmares is a community upheaval fed by rampant rumors and fears of violence caused by a clash between students and members of an organized group. This article describes the author's experience as a former superintendent near Philadelphia in finding teachable moments for a community in crisis through the creation of a public pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania