Today, at school, during one of my classes, two boys were making jokes about the Holocaust and laughing hysterically. "Wanna hear a Holocaust joke?" one of the boys asked me. "No, I really, really don't," I replied. "No, you do! You do wanna hear it!" he said back to me. He then proceeded to say, "two guys were fighting, and one of them kicked up dust at the other. The other guy goes, 'don't throw mom at me!'". I and another girl at the table both communicated our distaste as the two boys laughed. "Here's another," he said. "How do you get a Jewish girl's number? You roll up her sleeve!" Both boys burst into hysterics at this, as I stared at them in shock, letting them know that the jokes were not amusing, but were offensive. "Wait, wait, wait" the boy said as he told another Holocaust joke. Both boys at the table laughed and laughed.
I then told the boys that they could not make such jokes, as it is our obligation to ensure that the world is a right and just place. They promptly told me that what I was saying was not true. The girl across the table from me had a disgusted look on her face as she told me that much of her family was lost in the Holocaust.
As a Jewish person myself, I was shocked and hurt at the comments made by these two boys today, and cannot believe that such behavior is present at my school. This behavior needs to be recognized as wrong, as inappropriate, in order for it to be stopped. We cannot allow these boys' behavior to go unchecked, as these boys will grow into men, will become politicians and leaders, and will impact the world around us in much larger ways.