No Charges in Pine Bush Complaint of Anti-Semitism


A district attorney says there won’t be criminal charges brought in connection with a federal lawsuit claiming anti-Semitic harassment and bullying at a Hudson Valley school district.

A two-year-old lawsuit against the Pine Bush School District alleges that Jewish students were called names and endured harassment from fellow students. District officials have denied that they turned a blind eye to a pervasive problem.

Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler announced Tuesday that an exhaustive investigation by state police found no viable criminal charges related to the federal complaint. He said that while anti-Semitism is abhorrent, not every wrongful action committed by children can result in criminal prosecution.

The civil case is moving forward.

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