UPDATE January 24, 2023: A Montgomery County school in Maryland has stated three students have been disciplined for drawing swastikas on desks; more here.
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Antisemitic imagery was found etched on a desk inside the Montgomery County School, authorities announced.
“I am writing to inform you that a drawing of a swastika was found on a desk in one of the classrooms,” the school sent in a message to the community. “This was brought to the attention of the administration yesterday. Once the teacher shared this with security, it was quickly removed.
“Administration followed protocol by contacting the cluster security coordinator, the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD), and the Office of School Support and Well-Being.”
In response, several elected officials reached out on social media, including council members Will Jawando and Kate Stewart.
This is horrible. I’m sorry your daughter and the Silver Creek community were subjected to this. I’m thankful that @MCPS moved quickly to remove the hateful drawing. We are committed as a county to speaking out against antisemitism and all forms of hate. We are better than this. https://t.co/bULRQc9tuW— Will Jawando (@willjawando) January 21, 2023
“I am deeply troubled by the swastika found on a desk at Silver Creek MS in Kensington in District 4,” Stewart posted. “My staff and I will be discussing enhancing the curriculum around antisemitism with Montgomery County Public Schools. Hate has no place here.”
The hateful imagery has since been removed from the desk, officials noted. The incident remains under investigation.
“Our highest priority is the safety and security of our students,” they said. “As a ‘No Place for Hate’ school, we find this behavior to be unacceptable and against the core values we embrace at Silver Creek.
“As such, students who engage in this type of behavior will be given appropriate disciplinary actions aligned with the MCPS student code of conduct.”