Antisemitic threats and swastikas found in Maryland school bathroom

The bathroom was closed after four students reported the graffiti. Hallway security camera footage is being reviewed in order to identify the vandals.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
January 21, 2019 09:39
Swastika vandalism at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design

Swastika vandalism at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. (photo credit: DUDI EITSUFIN)

 
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Antisemitic and violent statements were found in the boys’ bathroom of a middle school in Maryland.

The principal of Severn Middle School in Anne Arundel County informed parents of the vandalism in a letter sent to families on Thursday.

The graffiti included an antisemitic statement and one that threatened violence against the school, as well as a swastika, according to school principal Richard Tubman. The threat was not deemed credible by police, he said, according to the Capital Gazette.

The bathroom was closed after four students reported the graffiti. Hallway security camera footage is being reviewed in order to identify the vandals.

“I implore you now – to have conversations with your child about the need to embrace our diversity and accept and include every single person. Each one of us has value as a human being. We cannot, must not, and will not allow hate and bigotry to invade our school culture,” Tubman said in the letter.

Last month “hate-filled” messages were found written on a desk at the school, Tubman also said.

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