Police say teens are facing charges for spray painting swastikas on a school playground in Merrick along Long Island.
Police announced the teens’ arrest during a meeting of concerned neighbors on Wednesday night.
A 14-year-old was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly leaving the antisemitic graffiti at the Chatterton School.
A 13-year-old turned himself in shortly after. Lawmakers, police officers and Rabbis spoke about how the problem can be combatted going forward.
“While this may be an act on the part of kids to do something they think is funny… it’s an opportunity for us to reinforce the message that it is not funny. It is not acceptable in our society and it won’t be tolerated,” says state Sen. Steve Rhodes.
Police say the teens are also facing two misdemeanor charges.