A Newport Beach city councilman wants to provide the money to send local high school students to the Museum of Tolerance as a teaching moment in the wake of anti-Semitic imagery at a recent off-campus party.
Councilman Kevin Muldoon said Tuesday that he plans to direct $6,000 — the full amount of his annual city allotment for discretionary neighborhood grants — to Newport Harbor High School for a field trip to the Los Angeles museum, which examines racism and prejudice of all kinds worldwide, with a focus on the Holocaust.
“I don’t think getting angry at each other is a solution,” said Muldoon, who said he would like to join the students on their trip. “I think talking and learning together is a solution.”
Muldoon’s donation is enough to send as many as 570 students to the museum.
Students have said the March 2 house party in Costa Mesa included teenagers from Newport Harbor, Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools. Pictures posted to social media showed some students flashing Nazi salutes over a swastika made of plastic drinking cups.
Last weekend, someone vandalized Newport Harbor High with several small posters with Nazi themes.