Dover, MA – Police and the Anti-Defamation League were notified by officials at a Massachusetts high school after a swastika was scrawled in the dirt on a vehicle belonging to a Jewish student.
The incident, which occurred earlier this month, involved a car parked outside Dover-Sherborn High School, Superintendent Beth McCoy said in an email sent to the community. McCoy said the antisemitic graffiti is under investigation.
“We will do everything we can to determine the source of this attack and to hold the individual(s) accountable,” McCoy wrote.
“Sadly, it’s not surprising to me,” said Peggy Shukur, of ADL New England. “We get many, many reports of incidents at schools in communities of this particular symbol.”
McCoy’s email condemned the incident and said Principal John Smith was leading several efforts to respond within the school community, including supporting students who are organizing an assembly, providing related professional development to educators and combating stereotypes through teaching the history of various cultures.
“The presence of a swastika on our campus on the vehicle of one of our students compels us to unequivocally reaffirm our commitment to keeping every student safe from any kind of harm, and to forcefully denounce antisemitism in any form,” McCoy wrote.
“The first job is finding the culprit who did this just so we, kind of, know what happened and how to respond to it correctly but I think the administration has been doing a great job,” said junior Walker Adams.