Local 10: US Rep. Carlos Curbelo meets with local Jewish community leaders in wake of threats
By Michael Seiden
Representatives from the JCC in Kendall met Wednesday morning with U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., hoping to voice their concerns and find a solution for the growing problem.
"The last bomb threat we had, we had 1,000 people on our campus. Seven hundred of them were under the age of 12," Tepper said.
The threats have been hoaxes, but they have still instilled a tremendous amount of fear not only among the Jewish community, but also for non-Jewish members, leaders said.
Curbelo said he is planning to take the concerns to Washington, where he plans to work on legislation that could put a stop to the threats.
"Can we increase penalties against people who engage in this type of conduct? But step 1 is to listen and speak out, and really try to build a culture of acceptance and respect for every member of our society," Curbelo said.