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Pro-Nazi Graffiti Discovered at New Jersey Elementary School

According to Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton’s weekly email, Washington School Elementary School Principal Peter Mercurio sent out an email to parents about a swastika and words referencing Hitler were written on a school walkway after recess earlier in the week. She stated, “Immediate action was taken to remove the offensive symbol and address the situation appropriately.”  

Burton explained that Mercurio began an investigation to determine the individual(s) involved and reported it to the Millburn Police Department. “Please know we use all tools at our disposal to discover the root of any incident in our schools, be it bullying, antisemitism, hate speech or discrimination of any kind.” She added, “When we identify a student or students who are not following our conduct expectations and have behaved in a hateful or hurtful manner, they are disciplined to the full extent required by the code of conduct,” assured Burton.   

Mercurio letter pointed out, “This unfortunate event presents an opportunity to engage in important conversations with students about the detrimental effects of hate, racism, antisemitism, and intolerance. As educators and parents, it is imperative that we work together to educate our students about the significance of their words, actions, and symbols and the impact they have on others, along with instilling values of empathy, respect, and understanding in our children.”

Burton urged all residents to partner with the school district to help eradicate hate speech of all kinds, and “continue to foster a welcoming, safe and tolerant school environment for all of our students.”

She concluded, “Our diverse and inclusive makeup is our greatest strength. We must persist in our efforts to work as ONE MILLBURN to embrace our diversity and make Millburn a safe place to live, learn, and grow.”

If anyone has information about the hate graffiti, please call (973) 564-7001.