CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Ari Gauss said anti-Semitism was a problem around the country, including at UNC. However, Gauss said there are many college campuses across the country affected by anti-Semitism, but UNC hasn't seen overt anti-Semitic acts. The story has been updated to reflect this. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
A Jewish day school in Durham received an anti-Semitic bomb threat Wednesday, joining a recent wave of anti-Semitic acts across the country.
The Sandra E. Lerner Jewish Community Day School, which includes a preschool for children over 2 years old and a K-5 elementary school, immediately evacuated and was searched by Durham police and local FBI, who cleared the building to reopen at noon.
Nobody was injured and students were back in school on Thursday.
Hollis Gauss, board president of the Lerner School, said the school didn’t tell students what happened the day of the attack and instead suggested parents have that conversation with their kids.
The school invited parents to discuss the threat and to ask questions on Thursday, and students gathered for a school-wide prayer service and spoke about what happened with their teachers.
“Kids are really resilient,” Gauss said. “So far, I haven’t heard of any extreme stress or worry in any families.”
The threat against the Lerner School comes in the wake of a rash of bomb threats to Jewish community centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.
According to the Jewish Community Center Association of North America, Jewish community centers have received 68 incidents of bomb threats in 2017, as of last week. Jewish community centers in Asheville and Charlotte reportedly received bomb threats Monday.