Mother of a Middle-School Suspect in Anti-Semitic Prank Could Face Charges

Comedian Jon Lovitz comes to the aid of his victimized friend.

Incensed by the on the home of a Northridge friend's middle-school daughter, comedian Jon Lovitz has launched a Twitter assault of his own.

And the mother of one of the suspects might face criminal charges.

In an interview with Kristine Lazar of KCBS2, Lovitz said he posted a photo of the three teen suspects making an obscene gesture to the camera on his Twitter account. The girls have not been publicly identified by police.

The Jewish Journal first reported the dumped feces, and scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic slurs written in maple syrup at one Northridge home, and the toilet-papering of another house a half-mile away.

Police told Chatsworth Patch that all the girls attend the same Northridge middle school.

KCBS2 said the girls admitted involvement. They have been questioned with their parents by Devonshire Division police. LAPD Capt. Kris Pitcher said the prank did not rise to the level of a hate crime because no permanent damage was done to the properties.

"This is the worst thing you can do -- to terrorize a family -- outside of actually harming them physically," Lovitz said.

KCBS2's Lazar reported that "Investigators are now looking into whether the mother of one of the middle-school girls who admitted to the so-called prank could face criminal charges for driving the girls to the house in the middle of the night."

"What's the difference between what they did and if someone drove their children to an African-American neighborhood and burned a cross on the lawn?" Lovitz asked.

Vicki Gold April 07, 2012 at 11:24 AM
The ONLY right thing these teens did, was to admit they did this horrendous prank. It is things like this that make me shocked, sad and wondering how humans like this still exist. I hope all involved have major consequnces.
Leigh Datzker April 07, 2012 at 02:17 PM
While symbols can be washed away, you cannot wash away the memory of those who perished under the evil swastikas and the taunting voices of hatred against the Jews, which in France, recently included the death of children in front of their school..
Kat April 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
How is it not a hate crime because it is physically removable?
Schmice April 09, 2012 at 03:06 AM
What kind of mother drives her daughter and her fellow vandals to someone's house in the middle of the night so that they can deface that home with antisemitic slogans and smeared shit? Check her rap sheet.
Andrea W April 09, 2012 at 03:52 AM
This is a sad and sick world we live in. Now what else does a parent like that teach their children behind closed doors. Charity starts at home and spreads abroad as does evil,hate and voilence against others. I know for a fact that children who have the influence of such a parent usually go on to commit much more serious act of hatred against others.
annette sarver April 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
thank you jon for getting involved and making a statement here! you need to stop and wonder what families are talking about around the dinner table or family room when their kids go off and do things like this...
Victoria Bonilla Leavitt April 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I agree with KAT how could it NOT be considered a Hate crime just because the damage was not permanent? Yes, the syrup is able to be removed.The mental damage is permanent! That is never going to be removed! I really hope they do bring charges against them, especially the mother,since she knew what was going on from the beginning.
Truthiness April 09, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Children learn this behavior and disgusting rhetoric at home; the parents are to blame and should pay the price their children won't pay because they are "minors". Imagine the things these little monsters have done and gotten away with. These little beasts need to be made an example of, as do their "parents".
John April 09, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Thanks for taking this on, Jon. What an atrocious act by those kids and the mother. Shame on them.
Mitch Stahl April 10, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Way to go Jon ! Three anti-semites down.... all of Hollywood and liberal anti-semites to go !!!!!
Schmice April 10, 2012 at 11:04 PM
What are you talking about saying "...all of Hollywood and liberal anti-semites to go !!!!!" This is like red meat for you. Any chance you get to demonize a side not your own, you take. And you know what's worse, there is no analysis or cohesive thought behind your canard.
Pat April 10, 2012 at 11:36 PM
If the mother drove the little perps to the house of their intended targets, then she should be charged with aiding and abetting a hate crime. She couldn't have been so naive that she didn't know what these girls were planning, and if she says she was, then she's lying.
louise golder April 11, 2012 at 04:02 PM
this is truly shocking to me. Classifying this as a "prank" is absurd, and a mother who participates is outrageous. Is there little wonder that these 3 feel so protected that they act out with no fear of any consequences. The parents of these girls need to look very seriously at the environment that created these apathetic little monsters. To the young lady being brulitized, you will rise above this, you are the better person. These girls will make people miserable where ever they go.
ebo waxx April 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
As a Jew, myself, I feel we need to set an evaluation standard on gestures for determining real antisemitism. If the children are too stupid to make a swastika correctly or to be able to make it more indelible that maple syrup, then maybe they're too immature to understand real antisemitism in the first place. Of course, we Jews have no children who do thoughtless or hurtful things to others -so we couldn't relate.
Jeff April 12, 2012 at 03:37 PM
So this isn't a hate crime but hanging a noose in an African American neighborhood as a bad joke is? Interesting...
Bijan lehbandi April 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
I agree with that! Check her rap sheet because if she drove them, she's not only responsible, she's as sick ignorant.
Bijan lehbandi April 13, 2012 at 02:11 AM
You're somewhat right here. I used to hear it at school, and it was said in a way where other students would use the slur too and maybe not even realize what they are really doing. But, ultimately, it is the parents who are responsible for their kids ultimate behavior, in most situations .
Bijan lehbandi April 13, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I agree with Schmice here. You are generalizing and that is a bad habit. You can't group people like this. I know people that have a liberal stance with every combination of other opinions. To hate someone for their political stance is asinine behavior; and what a waste of time and mental thought at any rate...
Amazed April 15, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Wow! So these sweet girls INTENDED to draw a swastika but screwed it up. They apparently didn't intend to write "jew" or leave feces on the porch?? Real anti-semitism is hatred no matter if you are doing it because you are a middle school bully. Stop excusing hate because it makes you uncomfortable as Jew that it exists. And your final line? Are you seriious? Do you think I wouldn't call out my own kids if they dare wrote hate speech on someone's front yard??? Here's my advice, Ebo, grow a pair.
Joe April 17, 2012 at 04:11 PM
i dont get it, arnt those BOTH hate crimes?
Suzanne Spinelli May 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
I agree with Pat's comment. How can the mom not really know? Unless she is sorta really dumb and the kids are really that annoyingly pushy, I think I would have figured it out.
Kenneth Pendarvis May 09, 2012 at 03:19 AM
OK, everybody's outraged, as they should be. Where do we prodeed from here? Teenage girls (and their MOM) obviously do not truly understand what those symbols mean, what the Jews in Europe went through during the nazi Occupation and the holocaust, and the assocations those jews have with those symbols.ALL those vacuum brained girls understood was that the symbols have "Shock Value", and wouldn't it be somethin to "Shock" that family. What they REALLY need (among other things) is a good EDUCATION about The Holocaust and everything it entailed. Not a glossed over "Made for TV version" or "A Sanitized, Politically Correct Textbook Version", but the real truth. A trip to the Simon Wiesenthal Center to see the ghastly photgraphs on display there (as well as the stories) AND to sit down face-to face with a real Holocaust Survivor who can tell them what life under the naxi's was REALLY like. To show them the number tatooed on their arms. To tell them of all the dozens of their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, cousins, and friends who were brutally beaten, raped,terrorized and slaughtered like animals. Let those girls look into the eyes of a Holocaust Survivor while he/she tells thier tale. That will be a START on what they deserve,
Elsie Germaine June 12, 2012 at 01:29 AM
I agree with above. Would be great if the judge sent the mom and girls to the "Museum of Tolerance" all separately with their own parents so they get more impact. The other parents might not have known. Let them learn about the Holocaust as well as other groups of people. Maybe make the mother take parenting classes...helloooo, she drove them late at night to the home. Scary! There are 2 guys who may still work there or volunteered there. One was a victim of a hate crime years ago and one was the perpetrator. They met there years later. Amazing story. Give me a break that it was a joke. Aren't they lucky Jon Lovitz is a friend of the parent? He unknowingly hopefully saved them. Yes Mom of that girl, wake up! They posted a picture of themselves...not smart criminals. Girls you will never make it in Juvenile Hall, THOSE girls will scare the hec out of you. I say this so the parents of these kids take this serious if they haven't. Elsie
Kenneth Pendarvis June 12, 2012 at 04:55 AM
The mother who drove those girls should at least be charged with "contributing to the deliquency of a minor" or whatever it's called these days. And what about charging the girls with Vandalism? I'm sure getting maple syrup off of house paint isn't easy. And the homeowners shouldn't have to do it, The girls should have, or paid the parents to hire somebody. If the Police and DA aren't going to do anything, it's not too late to file civil charges for damages
The same kind of hate filled mother who raised a second generation of ignorance and intolerance. Scarey indeed!
mo July 14, 2012 at 09:10 AM
that would be NOBEL MS. my kid just graduated from there and said these girls were f*ckers all along. very sad.


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