Jackson School District Suprrintendent Nicole Permilli has issued a statement to Lakewood Alerts condemning Thomas Bradley, a teacher at Jackson Liberty High School, over his antisemitic rhetoric at last Tuesday’s Township Council meeting.
As previously reported by Lakewood Alerts, Mr. Bradley – the husband of Zoning Board Chairwoman Lynne Bradley – said that passing ordinances to ease the establishment of shuls, schools, dorms, and mikvaos in Jackson could lead to “cultural genocide.”
An email sent by Lakewood Alerts requesting comment from multiple Jackson School District officials went unanswered, though it should be noted that Superintendent Pormilli was inadvertently not asked for in the initial email, and thus was not mentioned in the article about officials’ silence.
“The Jackson School District and Board of Education do not condone any speech that is – or is perceived to be – anti-semitic or hateful. The district believes any reference to genocide is unacceptable. We understand the hurtful impact this word evokes,” Ms. Pormilli said in her statement to Lakewood Alerts.
“Free speech is protected by the First Amendment. The Jackson School District subscribes to the guidance provided by the Anti-Defamation League that just as speakers have a right to express their views, school administrators have a right to express their disagreement with those words.”