New York politicians are considering legislation that would require schools to teach students about “the meaning of swastikas and nooses as symbols of hatred and intolerance".
New York schoolchildren may soon have to learn about swastikas and nooses in class, in a bid to prevent hate crimes.
Democratic state Senator Todd Kaminsky has introduced a bill in the Senate that requires lessons on hate symbols to be included in the student curriculum for grades six through 12.
"The rise of antisemitic and racist acts rights here in Nassau County is deeply troubling," he said on Facebook on Tuesday.
"Sadly, many young perpetrators do not really know the pain and bigotry these symbols convey.
"Education is key in the fight for unity."
The Long Island politician said there was a recent spike in hate crimes across the US, and urged his colleagues to back the legislation.
“As many of our youth are not aware of the hateful connotations behind swastikas and nooses, it is necessary for the legislature to mandate compulsory education in all schools across our great state in regard to the meanings of these two symbols of hate," the bill reads.