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New York Teenager Student Charged for Defacing School Property with Nazi Imagery

A 16-year-old faces a felony charge after carving a hate symbol into tennis courts at a Hudson Valley high school, police said.

The arrest resulted from an incident in Putnam County on Wednesday, Sept. 20 around 5 p.m., when authorities were notified of graffiti that was found at Carmel High School by students and staff. 

According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, responding deputies and investigators found a swastika and the words “Adolf Hitler” scratched into the surface of the school’s tennis courts.

The sheriff’s office then began interviewing students and staff and going over video footage in an effort to find the suspect, who was later identified and arrested on Friday, Oct. 20 after turning themselves in, authorities said. 

The suspect, an unidentified 16-year-old who is a student at the school, was arrested for first-degree aggravated harassment, a felony. They are now scheduled to appear in Putnam County Family Court. 

In addition to the graffiti on the tennis courts, a swastika was found carved into the leg of a lab table at Carmel High School in early October, according to Carmel school district officials.

Source: https://dailyvoice.com/new-york/putnam/16-year-old-vandalizes-carmel-high-school-with-swastika-police-say-h/