A teacher from Maryland’s Takoma Park Middle School, Angela Wolf, who also heads the English Language Development department, is currently on administrative leave pending an investigation into her series of controversial social media posts. These posts have been criticized for their anti-Semitic content, including creating a list of wealthy Jewish individuals in her county, coupled with derogatory remarks about their societal contributions and a call for class warfare.
Wolf’s Facebook account featured various contentious posts, such as a graphic depicting an Israeli tank targeting a hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit, alongside inflammatory commentary about the ongoing conflict with Hamas, which has resulted in numerous Israeli casualties. She has actively posted content critical of Israel, including praising bus operators at Dulles for refusing to transport attendees to a pro-Israel rally and condemning the Israeli actions in Gaza as a slaughter.
In December 2020, Wolf’s online statements included naming several billionaires, most of whom are Jewish, while claiming ignorance about their religious identities and defending her comments as a critique of the wealthy rather than anti-Semitic rhetoric. She attributed societal issues, including student challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic, to the wealthy’s hoarding of resources.
Wolf’s response to accusations of anti-Semitism included disparaging remarks about former President Donald Trump and a call for anti-imperialism, emphasizing the need for a class war instead of other forms of conflict.
Erin Martin, the Principal of Takoma Park Middle School, addressed these issues in a letter to parents, expressing disappointment and disapproval of the views expressed in these posts, emphasizing that they contradict the school’s principles of inclusivity and respect.
The Montgomery County Education Association, of which Wolf is a board member, and Wolf herself did not respond to requests for comments. The union, known for its progressive stance on issues of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion, has been criticized for possibly harboring anti-Jewish sentiments within its DEI initiatives. Allegations have been made against other educators in the Montgomery County Public Schools for promoting anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Additionally, Clarksburg High School, another institution in Montgomery County, faced scrutiny for approving and notifying parents of an anti-Israel demonstration coinciding with the anniversary of Kristallnacht, with assurances that student absences for participation would be excused. This incident, along with Wolf’s posts, highlights ongoing concerns about the treatment of Jewish issues within the county’s education system.