Swastika found in Scarsdale HS bathroom for 2nd time in 2 weeks

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For the second time in two weeks, a swastika was found inside a bathroom at Scarsdale High School.

Parents and students were informed by Scarsdale High School's principal that hate speech was found in a school bathroom Thursday afternoon. Police confirmed that among the graffiti was offensive language and a swastika.

Police say the vandalism looked like it could have been created over time, and while it was just reported, it would be difficult to determine exactly when it happened.

Just two weeks ago, a swastika was found in a different Scarsdale High School bathroom. Some students believe whoever did it was just acting out.

"(They were) just doing it for attention or didn't know what it meant, or that it was cool to write it because someone else got caught and got attention for it," says one student.

But others say the perpetrator knew exactly what they were doing.

"It's such a prominent issue with hate crimes across the country, I don't think anyone would draw the symbol not knowing what it meant," says Jake, a sophomore at Scarsdale High School. "It's something that needs to be addressed, especially in Scarsdale where there is definitely a high Jewish population."

The school's principal Kenneth Bonamo responded, saying in part, "Hate speech and scare tactics will not be tolerated and do not represent what we stand for."

Police say they are looking into the incident as a hate crime.

 

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