Swastikas 'air-dropped' on Chicago student phones during assembly

The incident follows two incidents of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found on the school’s campus since the beginning of the month.

France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux walks next to a tombstone desecrated by vandals with a Nazi swastika and the Slogan "Jews Out", in the Jewish Cemetery of Cronenbourg near Strasbourg (photo credit: VINCENT KESSLER/ REUTERS)
France's Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux walks next to a tombstone desecrated by vandals with a Nazi swastika and the Slogan "Jews Out", in the Jewish Cemetery of Cronenbourg near Strasbourg
(photo credit: VINCENT KESSLER/ REUTERS)
An image of a swastika was sent to the cell phones of students during an assembly at a suburban Chicago high school.
The image was “air-dropped” on an Apple device on Friday morning to students attending the “Tradition of Excellence” assembly at the Oak Park and River Forest High School.
The sender was later identified as a student who was in the auditorium at the time of the incident, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The incident follows two incidents of racist and anti-Semitic graffiti found on the school’s campus since the beginning of the month.
On Nov. 2, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered outside the school building on a shed near the campus tennis courts. Days later, “hate-speech graffiti” including a swastika and racist and anti-Semitic comments, including “GAS the Jews,” was discovered inside a campus bathroom.
The school held a panel discussion Nov. 7 with students, religious leaders and school board members titled “Community Conversation Around Hate Crimes: Coming Together for Change.” The program also was in response to recent hate-driven events, such as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, according to the report.
Meanwhile, a Jewish student at a Chicago public school, the Oscar Mayer Magnet School, found a swastika drawn on his locker last week, as well as what the school called other “derogatory symbols.”


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