Instilling fear the goal behind threats to Jewish institutions in Las Vegas
Without a doubt, there is reason to be deeply disturbed. This is not normal.
By Aleza Freeman
April 2017—Samantha Mintz was a kindergartener at a Las Vegas elementary school when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite the large geographic distance, the news of this monstrous act deeply affected the bright, sensitive child and permeated her thoughts for six months. The sound of her school fire alarm made her freeze up in fear for her life.
“She took it really hard,” said Chani Mintz, mom to Samantha, now 9. “This is the first year since the shooting that she doesn’t cry and break down when an alarm goes off.”
Now in third grade, Samantha’s fears were again exacerbated by the recent surge in anti-Semitism across the nation, including bomb threats to the Jewish Community Center of Southern Nevada and swastika graffiti at a Las Vegas synagogue.
“It scared me a lot,” said Samantha Mintz, who learned about the threats, evacuations, police and bomb-sniffing dogs from her Hebrew school teacher. Samantha had trouble sleeping that night. She didn’t understand, “Why are they only picking on Jewish people?” …
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