A grade 12 pupil at a Johannesburg Jewish school has relayed the trauma of receiving an anti-Semitic voice note from a pupil who attends a Christian school in KwaZulu-Natal.
The SA Jewish Board of Directors (SAJBD) said it was made aware of the voice note sent to Danni Heymann by a pupil from Treverton College, in Mooi River, on Tuesday.
Among other offensive statements, the boy is heard saying “. . . you should have died in the Holocaust”.
The pupil has since apologised to Heymann, the board said.
Heymann commented in a separate letter that she had been in contact with the boy, his family and the school. Her approach was education, not punishment of any kind.
“You cannot educate a child with hatred. You cannot turn a negative situation into a positive situation with nothing but anger,” said the Matric pupil currently writing final exams.
She added: “The last 36 hours have been an absolute emotional rollercoaster for me and many tears have been shed due to an unbearable feeling of being far too overwhelmed.”
“This situation is not about the boy for me, it’s about the opportunity this situation has so gratefully given me to make a change, spread awareness of such an important issue and speak for not only myself, but on behalf of my entire nation who has been dealing with anti-Semitism for centuries.
“Please approach my story with positivity and support and not let anger take over the special and big hearts that our community has,” said Heymann.