Men storm school bus, yell hate insults at kids and deliver ‘Heil Hitler salute’ in Chicago, officials say


CHICAGO — Chicago police are looking for a group of men who stormed a school bus, spewing anti-Semitic slander and threatening to harm a 12-year-old boy in the West Rogers Park neighborhood on Wednesday, officials said.

The bus dropped elementary school students off a local Orthodox Jewish school when the men boarded the bus around 5:00 p.m. on the 2800 block of West Jerome Street, according to Chicago police, who said no one was physically injured.

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“At one stop, four men jumped on the bus, threw anti-Semitic insults and delivered the ‘Heil Hitler’ salute to terrorized children,” a statement from the Simon Wiesenthal Center said.

After the men threatened to hurt a 12-year-old boy, they fled in an unknown direction, police said.

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center urges anyone with information about the anti-Semitic incident to contact the Chicago PD or the Midwestern offices of the Simon Wiesenthal Center,” spokeswoman Alison Pure Slovin said in the statement. “This shocking incident took place on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Nazi pogrom that destroyed almost all synagogues across Germany in 1938. Many members of the Jewish community have relatives who have experienced these horrors.”

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a Jewish global human rights organization committed to teaching the lessons of the Nazi Holocaust and combating anti-Semitism, the statement said.

Area 3 detectives are investigating and no arrests had been made as of Thursday night.