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Anti-Semitic 'beer pong' twist targeting Cape Coral

By Kelli Stegeman. CREATED May 7, 2014

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A discriminatory drinking game appears to be sweeping through high schools. Cape Coral High School is finding itself in the middle of the controversial game. 

The version of beer pong is taking a dark and insensitive turn. 'Jews vs Nazis' trades in the triangles for a swastika and the Star of David.
 
Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz of the Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida is hearing about the game for the first time. 
 
"What do you think?" asked reporter Kelli Stegeman. 
 
"As a rabbi, I like to look at the world as a beautiful place," said Rabbi Minkowicz. "So, my first assumption is let's assume it's just children that are immature with no ill intent, not trying to be malice."
 
"Are you surprised to see something like this?" Stegeman asked. 
 
"No, I'm not," he replied.  
 
The game is a hot topic on Twitter. More than 1600 people retweeted a post by @HSConfessional with a picture of the game that claims it's played at Cape Coral High School parties. 
 
The post is not only sparking conversation, but inspiring partygoers. Since the post last month, several users have put it to the test.  
 
"This is a wake up call," said Rabbi Minkowicz. "We are not doing enough of a job educating people to be nicer, kinder, more polite." 
 
In an email, the Lee County School District spokeswoman says monitoring social media at this big of a scale is impossible. She says parents have an important role in this. 
 
"Parental monitoring of social media needs to continue especially and through the high school years. Of course, any use of a school name in a defamatory manner is disappointing." 
 
The school district also pointed out the post could have been made by anyone, anywhere. 
 
Rabbi Minkowicz notes a disconnect between this generation and those closer to the Holocaust. He says if we don't learn, it will be repeated. 
 
"Good is more powerful than evil and if we continue to make this world a good and better place, good will rise to the top," he said. 
 
Rabbi Yossi Labkowski of the Chabad Center of Cape Coral agrees that education is key. He says it's sad that such painful and serious subjects are trivialized by foolish games.
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