Two Denver schools vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

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Two schools in Denver were vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti over the weekend.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the nonprofit JEWISHcolorado, George Washington High School was spray painted with swastikas as well as racist and homophobic statements on the evening of Oct. 16 about the buildings and the street. school running track. The following night, the Denver Torah Academy, located about a mile and a half from the high school, saw its windows smashed with stones and its power supply box damaged. A suspect also allegedly shouted anti-Semitic slurs when confronted by an unknown individual.

The two incidents are believed to be unrelated.

“We will not tolerate this act of reprehensible hate in our community and condemn these actions,” George Washington High School principal Kristin Waters told parents in an October 18 email, adding that the school “does it all. its possible to identify who is responsible for this horrible hate crime.

Abigail Boyd, a former student of both schools, told a local Fox affiliate: “I don’t really understand why people don’t understand that [Judaism is] just a culture. It’s something we believe in. It’s like being a Christian or something.

ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin said in a statement: “It is deeply disturbing that a Jewish school and a public high school were the target of vandalism and hate graffiti overnight in Denver. He added that “hateful behavior will not be tolerated in our community” and that “all students, whether they attend a religious school or a public school, deserve to learn in an environment free from bullying and intolerance. “.

Rabbi Jay Spear, CEO and President of JEWISHcolorado, said in a statement to CBS Denver: “Vandalism and such hate speech is alarming and makes students from all walks of life feel unsafe in the school environment. . He thanked Waters for his email condemning the vandalism and promised that JEWISHcolorado “will do everything possible to help the school administration and its students heal from these destructive and heinous acts”.

Stop Antisemitism tweeted, “If you think this disease of hate isn’t in your backyard, think again. “

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