A Phoenix high school has been vandalized with racist graffiti, in yet another incident of anti-Semitism.
Several swastikas and the white supremacist words “white power” were sprayed on the walls of the auditorium and pillars of Pinnacle High. The incident is being investigated by Phoenix police’s bias crime unit, according to NBC 12 News.
The local Paradise Valley Unified School District added that it had immediately taken steps to remove the graffiti.
“PV Schools does not tolerate this type of behavior,” communications specialist Becky Kelbaugh said. “We were notified this morning that Pinnacle High School was vandalized with racist symbolism and wording. The Phoenix Police Department was immediately contacted, and our facilities department is onsite cleaning up the vandalism.”
Following the incident, Carlos Galindo-Elvira, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League in Arizona, said, “We find the language to be racially charged, the use of a hate symbol to be inappropriate and certainly the language that was used to denote African-Americans, truly disturbing.”
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix also condemned the incident.
“This is a terrible and upsetting act and why (the) federation remains vigilant in the face of persecution and dedicated to building strong, vibrant Jewish communities,” read the statement by Executive Director Marty Haberer. “Our Jewish community is strong and will always speak out against anti-Semitism and hate of any kind. We know the majority of the non-Jewish community feels the same way and that this act in no way represents our larger community.”
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton also requested anyone who had any information about the incident to step forward.
Chief Williams briefed me on racist & anti-Semitic graffiti at Pinnacle High. Police will need the public's help to catch the offenders. 1/2— Greg Stanton (@MayorStanton) March 25, 2017
Spraying swastikas over buildings or other inanimate objects is fast becoming a trend ever since Donald Trump won the elections.
The Rhode Island School of Design is investigating an incident in which swastika graffiti believed to be made of human excrement was found in one of the gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
The New School, a private research facility in Manhattan, also became the target of hate-mongers when Nazi symbols were found on four of its dormitory doors.
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