Some background first. I live and work in a town with a small to almost non-existent Jewish population. I, however, am a transplant from somewhere else and happen to be Jewish. Most people in my area are surprised to learn that I'm Jewish because 1) I'm not observant and don't practice the religion that I was born into, 2) I'm married to a Catholic man and don't have a "Jewish" sounding last name, 3) I don't look like any Jewish stereotypes, and 4) really no one else is Jewish around here so people tend to make assumptions that no one around here is. So, a few weeks ago, I heard one of my students tell another one that some other students called her a "Jewbag." I was shocked but they told me that kids say things like that all the time - "You Jew" and similar remarks. I told them that I happen to be Jewish and being a "Jew" is not something bad. But, that's not the only reason I'm offended. If they were using any religion, nationality, or race as an insult then I would find that very offensive. After that, I tried to put it in the back of my mind since I really didn't know what else I should or could do about it. However, today, one of my students said that the others were still calling each other "Jewbag." Note, that I don't think this particular student cared; I think she just wanted to see my reaction. They then proceeded to tell me about the essay of another of my students for an English assignment. Apparently he was supposed to write about a character and he chose to write about a "Jew with spit curls" who walks around New York City picking up coins off the street for money. He just giggled guiltily while they were telling me about this. I can't deny it. I'm extremely offended by this. I didn't let them see it and, truthfully, they're just adolescent kids. I don't think they really realize what they're saying. And it's not like they're directing their remarks at anyone. I doubt they really think less of me because they know I'm Jewish (although I could be wrong.) So, no one is really being bullied or harrassed. I'm just curious as to what you would do. I thought about asking my principal if any action should be taken but I don't want to look like some oversensitive person. If it were a race or religion that was not my own, I wouldn't hesitate but in this case I'm afraid I'll look like a complainer for nothing. And if any student was been attacked for his race or religion, believe me, I'd act on this but, to my knowledge, no one is. What would you do?