Hateful graffiti found at school playground

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Hateful graffiti was found spray-painted on a playground at a Buffalo school Monday.

Symbols that appeared to be a Nazi swastika and a Jewish Star of David were found on a slide at Windermere Boulevard School.

Amherst Police are investigating the graffiti, and a school janitor was called in to clean it up.

Last month, a man and three teens were charged with hate crimes for spray painting similar graffiti in several Western New York towns.

Amherst Central Schools Superintendent Anthony Panella responded to the graffiti with a letter to parents and guardians in the district:

“On Monday evening (8/14/17) an alert community member notified the Amherst Police Department about racist graffiti spray painted on playground equipment at Windermere Boulevard Elementary School.  I applaud the community member’s awareness and thank our facilities staff who took quick action to remove the inappropriate graffiti.

We are very proud of the diversity within our district and will continue doing everything we can to promote that diversity within our schools and school community.  

The safety and security of our students and families is of the utmost importance to us.  Please know we will continue to maintain a school culture of acceptance and respect that enables all students to attend a safe and educationally stimulating environment each day.  Behavior that contradicts this expectation or any other outlined in our Code of Conduct, as you know, has not and will not be tolerated.  With this in mind, we will focus on fulfilling our mission, “To prepare all students to excel in a dynamic world through the development of their abilities to reason, solve problems, apply knowledge, communicate and collaborate effectively.”  In addition, our faculty and staff will continue to emphasize the importance of diversity and acceptance within our school community.

We are cooperating with the authorities as they investigate this matter.  Thank you, in advance, for supporting our efforts and for helping us maintain a school culture based on respect and acceptance for all.”

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