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Swastika Discovered in New Jersey High School

UPDATE May 7, 2024: A student has been identified in relation to this incident; more here.

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As reports of antisemitic incidents rise, Glen Rock’s school board sent out a message this week condemning what they said were “recent acts of antisemitism and hate that occurred within both Glen Rock High School and the Borough.”

Media outlets reported that someone placed red paint, graffiti, and stickers referencing the conflict in Gaza on the Starbucks sign in the borough last week, and that days earlier, a swastika was found inside a drawer in a science lab at Glen Rock High School.

“Please know, the detective Bureau is investigating,” said Mayor Kristine Bresnee Morieko on Monday, regarding the Starbucks sign. “All cameras are being reviewed and the BCPO has been notified per protocol. I have contacted our representatives, all of whom support a full investigation and have offered their resources. Starbucks has made arrangements to have the graffiti removed. This is NOT ok. This will NOT be tolerated. Hate is hate. I can not comment more as this is now an active investigation.”

In the comments, one woman said the stickers and graffiti were meant to stop the killings in Gaza, while another responded that the stickers had advocated for abolishing Israel.

“I join Glen Rock Mayor Kristine Bresnee Morieko and Congressman Josh Gottheimer in condemning this disgusting act of antisemitism,” wrote Fair Lawn Councilwoman Gail Rottenstrich on social media, of the Starbucks incident.

The message sent out by the Glen Rock school board this week said, “We stand united against all forms of discrimination and reaffirm our commitment to fostering an inclusive and respectful community for every one of our residents and neighbors.

“Earlier this year, students and staff demonstrated their commitment to promoting a culture of inclusivity by signing a pledge to speak out against prejudice and discrimination, and to support all those who are targets of hate. This pledge reflects the collective determination to stand up against intolerance and cultivate a community where everyone feels understood and safe.”

The letter references some of the upcoming events and initiatives regarding antisemitism and diversity.