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WE’RE ALL OVER THE LOWER HUDSON VALLEY

Swastika found in boys’ locker room at New Rochelle High School


NEW ROCHELLE — Earlier this week, a swastika was found carved into a bathroom stall in the boys locker room at New Rochelle High School.

The school district says they take the act of hate very seriously and immediately took action to cover up the vandalism.
One student said he didn’t know who made the carving, but believe it wasn’t meant to be offensive.

“I mostly heard that it was some freshmen that were playing around… It was a joke that wasn’t funny,” says high school junior Miguel Rodriguez.

“It’s not funny, it’s not cool and it’s actually disgusting that somebody would put something up like that,” senior Deija Hollis agrees.

School officials still don’t know who did it, but say when they discover the offender, they will be suspended and forced to go into counseling.

Interim School Principal Joseph Starvaggi hopes to use the incident as a teachable moment. He says if whoever put it up cannot understand the depth of that image and the hatred it projects, needs to be re-educated.

“’Cause we’ve come a long way from those types of things and for you to put something up like that is just really mean. It’s not cool and it’s not right,” Hollis added.

The incident coming on the heels of a vandalism at a temple in Brooklyn during the Sabbath, and the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. The latter was the deadliest anti-Semitic act committed in America’s history.