To be taken seriously, especially in this kind of anti-social climate.
Jewish Schools, Organizations Close Early Amid Baltimore ‘Purge’ Rumors
APRIL 28, 2015 6:27 Pm
Protest at a police building in Baltimore. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
As Baltimore continued to reel from three days of intense rioting, Jewish schools and organizations in Baltimore shut their doors early on Tuesday amid rumors of renewed violence.
Referring to the rioting taking place downtown, Executive Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council Arthur Abramson said that Baltimore “Jewish communities and institutions are adjacent to areas … where some of these events have taken place.”
He said the Jewish community has been working with African-American state and civil leaders to try and “calm things down a little bit.”
“We’re trying to deal with rumor control,” he said, adding reports of hearsay concerning a so-called “purge,” language based on a 2013 horror movie of the same title about violent urban lawlessness, at a specific time and location. According to Fox News, on Monday an online call was issued for a “purge” at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown. On Tuesday, similar calls were made online, according to the report.