March 7, 2017 The Chicago Jewish Day School on the city’s north side was evacuated Tuesday morning after someone phoned in a bomb threat.
Chicago Police officers and K-9 units responded to the Chicago Jewish Day School, located at 5959 N. Sheridan Rd. in the Edgewater neighborhood at approximately 9:10 a.m. Tuesday morning after a male called the school and said there was a bomb inside.
There has been an uptick in hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim targets across the country –including Chicago since U.S. President Trump was elected in November, 2016. Jewish Comunity Centers in New York, Wisconsin and Florida have reported phone and email threats overnight and early on Tuesday. Last week, flyers about Muslim internment camps were were posted on the University of California’s San Diego campus.
In February, a man was arrested and charged with a hate crime after surveillance video showed him vandalizing a Chicago Loop Synagogue.
According to ProPublica, so far in 2017, at least 98 locations of Jewish organizations in the United States — including schools, Jewish Community Centers, and offices of the Anti-Defamation League — have received a total of 128 bomb threats.
In December, a militant Neo-Nazi group claimed responsibility for a poster of Adolf Hitler surrounded by swastikas found on the University of Chicago campus. Chicago Police say swastikas and other racist derogatory remarks and symbols have been reported on both public and private property across Chicago. In recent months, racist remarks and symbols, including graffiti of swastikas and pro-Donald Trump slogans have been reported in New York City and a Texas University.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."