Robert Alexander Jewelers
End Of Year
Regular Retag Prkes— Certain hems Excluded.
Don't Wait Sale Ends January 27.
Sale on in-stock merclxmdise only. No spedol orders. Al sales final.
Northwestern Highway, Farmington Hills, Michigan 48334
Robert ALEXANDER 32419
Located between Middelt
ieh and Fourteen Me Road
8104554040 Hours: Mon., Tues., wed., Fri. 10-6, Thurs. 10-8, Sat. 10-5
A Itard Generation of Quality and Tradition in Diamonds and Diamond Jewelry passed down from Norman Man
More than just your
Men's furnishings and accessories
19011 West Ten Mile Road
Southfield, Michigan 48075
(Between Southfield and Evergreen)
LOW FAT COOKIES
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
PARKING AND ENTRANCE IN REAR
a birniargham traffaion
WE SHIP ANYWHERE!
3W E. MAPLE • BIRMINGHAM, MI 48009 • 810.540.1770
visit our home page — httpliwww.rustnet/martys_cookies
Advertising in The Jewish News
Place Your Ad Today.
We buy them, sell them,
appraise them, clean them
and love them!
In-Home & Office
OAK PARK OUTLET • (810) 546RUGS
• (313) 973-RUGS
DAVID ZEMAN STAFF WRITER
or nearly two weeks, stu-
dents at North Farmington
High School had expressed
bewilderment and remorse
that someone on this culturally
mixed campus could have
scrawled racist threats against
"I know these things happen,
but I didn't think they happened
at my school," said sophomore
Karen Weberman, 15, in a reac-
tion typical of many at the school,
which has a large Jewish popu-
"It's not necessarily a feeling of
shame among one group," said
Ben Ellis, a senior. "It's not a feel-
ing of shame by white students or
Jewish students or black stu-
dents. It's a feeling of shame
among all the students of North
These Jewish students and oth-
ers were unable to recall any in-
cident that might have prompted
someone to threaten the
approximately 60 African Amer-
icans who attend the 1,200-
But as the police probe unfold-
ed this week, the answer to who
would do such a thing turned
from improbable to bizarre. Po-
lice suspect the architect of the
hate messages was a 15-year-old
At mid-week, Farmington Hills
Police Chief William Dwyer was
awaiting results of fingerprint and
handwriting analysis at the
Michigan State Police crime lab
before deciding whether to charge
the girl with a crime.
The crime in question is a vio-
lation of Michigan's ethnic intim-
idation law, which makes it a
felony to threaten harm to some-
one based on his or her race.
If charged as an adult and
found guilty, the student faces up
to two years in prison, a $5,000
fine and the possibility of a civil
Chief Dwyer said nothing in
the law prevents it from being en-
forced against one member of an
ethnic group for threats against
other members of the same group.
The string of racially inflam-
matory writings rocked the high
school and brought the unwel-
come glare of media attention
when the threats were disclosed
earlier this month.
On Tuesday, Jan. 2, racial slurs
were discovered on the lockers of
some black students. The next
day, a threatening note directed
at African Americans was found.
One day later, students found
notes in their lockers threatening
the lives of several black students.
According to Chief Dwyer, the
15-year-old suspect "may have
been involved in two (of the inci-
dents) or in all of them." He de-
clined to identify the girl or to
speculate about her motivation.
He said however, that she did not
appear to have had any prior
brushes with the law.
North Farmington Principal
Deborah Clarke declined com-
ment, referring inquiries on the
incident to Don Cowan, a Farm-
ington school-district official. "I
have not heard of any motivation
yet," Mr. Cowan said. "That's the
biggest question we have."
Julie Harwin, 17, a North
Farmington senior, said the hate
messages have dissolved some of
the cliquishness that has at times
separated students at her school.
"A lot of the media were saying
these notes were tearing this
school apart, but they really made
people a lot more aware of each
other and have brought us closer
together," she said.
Ms. Harwin noticed, for in-
stance, how one of her friends —
an African-American on the so-
called "Death List" — had been
approached by non-African-Amer-
ican students in the past week.
"They weren't necessarily
friends with him, bu:., they were
reaching out to him.
"Everyone was che'cking up on
each other and making sure
everyone was OK."
Mr. Ellis, a student-council
member, said his classmates "feel
like our school is a little United
Nations. Basically, we get along
and there is not a lot of ethnic ten-
sion. So we're dealing with it and
trying to take it in stride. We're
not making light of it, but we re-
alize this incident shouldn't create
Melanie Stein, a 15-year-old
freshman, said school officials
have clamped down on granting
hall passes to students and are
patrolling the school grounds in
Teachers also were discussing
race relations with students and
trying to dispel rumors circulat-
ing through the student body.
Mr. Cowan acknowledged that
the hate messages and dramatic
twists of the investigation have
left school officials "with a situa-
tion that is certainly inique."
"It's not something for which
there is any set plan," he said.
"We just have to provide facts. We
have to communicate."