More on that 12-year-old kid who told Chris Christie that the “Jewish community … controls the township of Springfield and its School Board.”
It turns out that the boy’s father, Devendra Makkar, is a political gadfly in Springfield who runs something called “Citizens for Democracy.” He maintains a number of blogs, including “Attorney and Judge Corruption,” which details his legal disputes with various Springfield developers, including members of the Wilf family, who are prominent Jewish philanthropists. Something about stopping a construction project near Wilson Road. (Elsewhere a “Dave Makkar” posts photos of the site, saying it is “under destruction by Zionist Zygi Wilf.”)
Devandar “Dave” Makkar also announced a Senate run here.
Another blog, bullyingbyeducators, details the incident that his son was asking Christie about. It includes a somewhat incomprehensible account of the alleged bullying incident involving the boy — from “the minority Hindu Indian community of Springfield” — and two other kids, including “Mike from the preferred community” (I assume he means Jews). From what I can tell, Makkar’s son played along when one kid told another that he belonged on a “special bus” that would pick him up at midnight.
It also reprints the statement the boy began reading at the Christie town hall meeting. It includes the same incomprehenisble account of the bullying incident, and continues:
My [School] Supervisor Michael Plias says I have done bullying and he forced me to write I bullied Joshua to be funny and cool. For Mike Mr. Plias is saying Mike realized after speaking with him that what Mike said to Joshua was wrong. If I have done bullying according to Mr. Plias how come Mike who made the actual comment and initiated the incident has not done bullying? Just because he is Christian he has not done bullying and myself being a Hindu has done bullying by saying “Yeah there is” to Joshua from Jewish community that controls the township of Springfield and its School Board.
The rest of the blog is peppered with references to the “All Jewish Board” and the “Rulers [sic] Jewish community.”
Apparently there is some history here (no kidding, right?). The blog continues:
This is the second time the Jewish Leadership of Springfield has racially discriminated Surya Makkar. First time they racially discriminated him when he was only 5 years old and was not in a position to even understand what is racial discrimination. A Jewish women Officer … from Springfield PD almost pulled out her gun to stop Student 3 and his 9 years old sister from entering the Court room during recess to meet their mother on the orders of an attorney …. Unfortunately the Leaders of Jewish community were using [a Jewish judge's] Court room as picnic room during recess; eating, drinking and loudly talking to each other. This judge knowingly that she has 2 underage children kept their mother past midnight…
And so on.
The blog also includes what appears to be the Springfield Public Schools’ official report on the alleged bullying incident. If authentic, it sounds like someone’s anti-bullying radar was tuned way too high — the kids appear to be ribbing each other (ranking out was the term of art in 1974) in a fairly innocuous way. (NJ educators have been complaining that the state’s new anti-bullying law has gone overboard).
I don’t think there is much more to this story than one family’s sadly inappropriate and ugly response to what could well have been a frustrating incident. I just pity the administrators and state officials, including Christie, who have to wade through all this.