CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — Girls from Beis Rivkah High School and Bnos Menachem High School, arranged in honor of Purim Koton that the grades switch schools for the morning.
According to the girls involved, the plan was that the girls attend Davening at each other’s schools then switch back before beginning the period of classes. What actually happened has parents up in arms.
When the Beis Rivkah girls arrived at Bnos Menachem the principal reacted with a smile as the girls poured into the Shul and said “let us utilize this moment of Simcha to Daven properly” as the girls all clapped. Yet when the Bnos Menachem girls arrived at Beis Rivkah the scene was in stark contrast.
They were greeted at the front doors by the principal of the Beis Rivkah High School, who curtly turned the girls away saying “Please go home… any Bnos Menachem girls please go home”, “I am a person who likes a joke but this is a second category… I was wondering if the Rebbe would pass by here now how proud would he be”.
Parents of some of the students involved in the ‘prank’ felt that the reaction of Beis Rivkah was too harsh and the punishment that the organizers received was too severe. In a letter sent to Beis Rivkah one parent stated that they feel that Beis Rivkah presented a bad example to the students, and it did not merit the severity it was given, also that they feel that the spirit of the ‘prank’ was entirely misinterpreted.
In another letter a parent raised the issue of the opposite of Achdus that was displayed by the schools, and how this can be a deterrent to those involved for years to come.
The Beis Rivkah administration said in response that three girls were suspended with their parent’s knowledge and agreement, furthermore they addressed the issue in comparison to a summer camp where such a prank may be tolerated but in school there is a lot more responsibility “what if someone Chas Vesholom got hurt? Who would the parents blame?” and ventured to say “when Purim comes around and a class decides to go to the Empire State Building to do Mivtzoim, as a ‘prank’, and a few girls end up in the movies, where would it end?”.