Swastikas found spray-painted outside Port Washington elementary school
Parents in Port Washington were horrified Monday when they learned that two swastikas were found spray-painted on the outside of John Philip Souza Elementary School over the weekend.
"I'm really sad to learn that this is happening at our schools, especially at an elementary school," says parent Jessica Linden. "Makes me very worried for my children and for all of us."
Port Washington police say the symbols of hate were first spotted at around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.
The school district says they were each about 3 feet in diameter and drawn in black spray paint. One of the swastikas was in the front of the building and the other was in the back.
Superintendent Michael Hynes says workers covered up both of the swastikas before children arrived at school Monday morning.
"We have zero tolerance for this," says Hynes.
The district is now working with police as well as the Nassau District Attorney's Hate Crimes Unit in hopes of finding who is responsible.
"This is absolutely indescribable in terms of what it means to our community," says Hynes. "It's an antisemitic act of hatred and we need to get to the bottom of this as soon as possible."
Parents hope police make an arrest.
This is the second time in about six months that swastikas were found in Port Washington. Back in October, 12 swastikas were found spray-painted inside the Police Athletic League building.
Anyone with information is asked to call Port Washington Police at 516-883-0500.