Anti-hate event hosted by the US Attorney at Central York High School
The U.S. Attorney’s Office recently held an event at Central York High School to promote the Department of Justice’s “United Against Hate” initiative.
United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam said the event, held in the auditorium and broadcast to all classrooms, included federal, state and local law enforcement partners and focused on educating students on how to recognize, report and prevent hate crimes.
According to Karam, the United States has witnessed increasing incidents since October 7, 2023, the press release stated.
During the event, presenters distinguished between unlawful conduct and protected First Amendment activity, including defining protected speech versus speech that advocates violence or encourages people to commit hate crimes.
“The importance of identifying, reporting and preventing hate crimes remains a priority,” Karam said. “By reaching out to students, we are giving them the tools to prevent further hate incidents that violate the basic principle of democracy.”
As part of the United Against Hate program, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to partner with communities throughout the Central District of Pennsylvania to expand communications with those communities, continue hate crime prevention efforts, and encourage more people to report hate crimes and hate incidents. The U.S. Attorney’s Office is currently scheduling events at other high schools in the area and will soon meet with Islamic leaders.
This article originally appeared in the York Daily Record: Anti-hate event hosted by the US Attorney at Central York PA HS