State Senator Toni Boucher (R-26) and Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) said Monday, June 4, that they are disturbed and disappointed by the news of anti-Semitic taunts made during a recent high school lacrosse game. A student group known as the \u201cBomb Squad\u201d at Fairfield College Preparatory School is accused of using anti-Semitic slurs at a Jewish Staples High School Lacrosse team member. Members also are accused of holding a sign referencing male genitalia and urinating on school grounds and cars in the Staples High School parking lot. Sen. Boucher represents Westport, where Staples High School is located. Sen. Hwang represents Fairfield. \u201cI can\u2019t express how disappointed I was to read about something like this happening at what should be a positive event. These actions turned cheering for a high school sports team into a very negative incident that expresses a bigotry that is outrageous and intolerable,\u201d Sen. Boucher said. \u201cThe rise in anti-Semitism and racism during the past year is something I never thought I would see again. I would like to see it wiped out of our society. This certainly requires stronger measures on the part of the schools, the community, and parents.\u201d As Co-Chair of the legislature\u2019s Education Committee, Sen. Boucher spent several legislative sessions trying to get Holocaust education as a required high school curriculum component. This year, with the cooperation of other Education Committee members, the Holocaust education bill became law, Public Act 18-24. Sen. Hwang, who co-sponsored the Holocaust education bill, said, \u201cThe behavior at the lacrosse game is unacceptable, hurtful and must be a catalyst for greater respect and tolerance of diversity in our community.Hate Has No Home Here\u00a0in Connecticut.\u00a0 We must use what happened at the game as a teachable moment, and use it as a tool to combat hateful acts of prejudice and bias.\u00a0 Let us also reflect on the overall tone of vitriol and negativity in our social interactions and respect differences in opinion. We can lead by example and work to heal our communities through dialogue, through tolerance, and through kindness. Clearly, we have a lot work to do. I am ready to lead and work together to build up our community.\u201d Sen. Boucher has sought to require Holocaust education be included in high school social studies curriculum since she was a member of the Connecticut House of Representatives. \u201cI spent a lot of time on this issue in Hartford in the legislature to bring greater education about this issue. We have to teach our children about why thoughtless, hateful words and actions can never be tolerated. Children need to be sensitized to the ways bigoted words and small actions can grow into something much more harmful,\u201d she said. \u201cThis is the time when this must be addressed. We need to take action immediately and strongly. It can\u2019t wait until next school year. It\u2019s time to revisit the past so people can get a sense of how damaging this truly is.\u201d Sen. Boucher and Sen. Hwang said a number of organizations are willing to provide educational materials about the Holocaust and other genocides as no charge to the schools. Numerous incidents of anti-Semitic and racist graffiti and actions have taken place throughout the state, Sen. Boucher said, which highlights the need for more education and conversations about these issues. She called on private schools to join public schools in requiring Holocaust and genocide education in their curriculums. Sen. Boucher represents the communities of Bethel, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton. Sen. Hwang represents the communities of Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston, and Westport.