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A Jewish body calls on students from a private school on Sydney’s north coast to meet with a Holocaust survivor after “very disturbing” messages from a secret chat room were revealed.

Students at Knox Grammar, where students pay $35,000 a year to participate, used a coded app to share “racist, misogynistic and homophobic” content they were sure would never be discovered by their teachers.

Users in the chat room, hosted by the messaging service Discord, sent the vile messages using aliases like “n*****removalservice” and “Fa**othater3000”.

“I hate women, I hate gays, jews, people who don’t play fortnite, furries, n*****s, I like tits, feet, abortion, rape, drugs,” read one of the disturbing messages.

After reading the “grossly offensive and unacceptable” conversations, Darren Bark, CEO of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, invited Knox’s entire cohort to the Sydney Jewish Museum to meet with a survivor.

“We are shocked by reports of high school students in Sydney expressing anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler sentiments online,” Banks said in a statement on Thursday.

Teens from Knox Grammar, a private boys’ school in Sydney’s north coast, used an encrypted app to post “racist, misogynistic and homophobic” content

“Glorifying and praising a horrific figure responsible for the genocide of millions of innocent people is both grossly insulting and unacceptable.

“We invite the entire Knox Grammar cohort to visit the Sydney Jewish Museum and meet a Holocaust survivor so they can realize there is nothing funny about their comments.

“We would also welcome the participation of Knox students in the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies’ Respect, Understanding and Acceptance program, which breaks down barriers between students from different religious and ethnic backgrounds.”

Knox Grammar has since suspended several students for their participation in the group called ‘Gang Gang’ and an internal investigation has been launched.

A school spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia that the boys have now been expelled and are ‘trying to settle in other schools’.

Darren Bark, CEO of the NSW's Jewish Council of Representatives, invited Knox's entire cohort to the Sydney Jewish Museum to meet with a Holocaust survivor

Darren Bark, CEO of the NSW’s Jewish Council of Representatives, invited Knox’s entire cohort to the Sydney Jewish Museum to meet with a Holocaust survivor

The messages obtained by the Daily Telegram contain a mixture of sexist, racist and anti-Semitic sentiments coupled with several extreme anti-abortion statements.

Hitler is always in my heart. Heil Hitler,” read a message.

“Foolish ‘pro-choices’ think women’s rights matter…I only hate children and wish them to die, take them out at the source,” wrote a second.

“I’m a maniacal potential pedophile who rapes babies for a living,” said a third, while another asked why they weren’t invited to a “rape party.”

Knox Grammar has suspended several students for their participation in the group and has launched an internal investigation (photo, mock-up of the Discord posts)

Knox Grammar has suspended several students for their participation in the group and has launched an internal investigation (photo, mock-up of the Discord posts)

Shocking videos of young men appearing to have been brutally raped or assaulted were also shared in the group chat, which is said to have been formed about two years ago.

A student in the chat said that “gang gang” would deter members from mocking another, and he assured that teachers did not have the authority to “search your device for non-school related matters.”

Psychologist Tim Watson-Munro called the content “deeply disturbing” and said the chat room “exuded a club feel or even a cult.”

“What’s very disturbing is that there seems to be an organization in the way they communicate,” he told the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Watson-Munro said there is a danger of an “unhinged” group member making some of the sadistic statements in their daily lives.

The posts are a mixture of sexist, racist and anti-Semitic sentiments coupled with several extreme anti-abortion statements (pictured, a mock-up of the Discord posts)

The posts are a mixture of sexist, racist and anti-Semitic sentiments coupled with several extreme anti-abortion statements (pictured, a mock-up of the Discord posts)

In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, Knox Principal Scott James said the students involved “posted inappropriate messages and made offensive comments in private chat rooms.”

“The nature of these posts is contrary to Knox’s values ​​and culture and is unacceptable,” the letter said.

“These guys’ actions do not reflect a Knox education or the expectations we place on our students to be respectful and responsible citizens in the community.”

Mr James said there was a “range of consequences” for the students involved who were punished based on their participation in the chat room, from “suspension to students dropping out of school”.

In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, Knox Principal Scott James said the students involved

In a letter sent to parents on Wednesday, Knox Principal Scott James said the students involved “posted inappropriate messages and made offensive comments in private chat rooms.”

“As for the images, some were taken during school activities and later manipulated, and the school has spoken to the families of recognizable students.

“To be clear, the edited footage does not require notification under child protection requirements, and we have discussed the matter with the police.”

Parents were asked to talk to their sons about using social media and remind them to use platforms “respectfully” and “sensibly”.

What is an encrypted Discord app?

Discord is an invite-only and encrypted messaging service – meaning it hides data by converting it into code.

The platform can only be accessed with a login and password with chat groups known as ‘servers’ – many of which remain small and exclusive.

Any Discord user can start a server for free and invite their friends.

There are also larger, more open communities, usually focusing on specific topics such as popular games like Minecraft and Fortnite.

The app estimates that it is used by tens of millions of 13+ worldwide.

Discord says the server is “A place where they can be themselves and spend time with other people who share their interests and hobbies.”

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