WESTFIELD, NJ — Hate graffiti has been found again at a Westfield school, parents learned through an email sent by Superintendent Margaret Dolan Thursday afternoon.
The graffiti was found at Edison Intermediate School, according to an email sent to parents by that school's principal, Matt Bolton.
“Today we are saddened and angry that one individual in our community has chosen hate,” Dolan wrote. “That student chose to deface school property and attack various groups of people with graffiti. We condemn and reject that hatred. And, we recommit ourselves to work with our next generation, to reach all of our students and to make sure they continue this work for decades to come.
“We appreciate the ongoing support of the Westfield Police Department on this critical incident,” she continued. “I am sure you will understand that all information regarding students is confidential. We ask members of the community to speak with their children so that this is the last incident. We will continue to work hard to teach students tolerance and will only be successful with your support.”
“We take this act very seriously and are working with this student, their family, and the Westfield Police Department to ensure that this student understands the significance of their behavior,” Bolton wrote to Edison parents. “I hope you understand that I am limited in what I am able to share regarding the specific student and details of the incident.”
Bolton wrote that the school will be holding grade-level meetings Friday to denounce this type of behavior and urged parents to speak with their children about the incident and remind them that their words and actions matter and carry significance.
The emails did not say what the graffiti was. Requests for comments and details from Westfield Public Schools and the Westfield Police Department have not yet been returned.
Also on Thursday, hate graffiti was discovered at a middle school in Summit.
In October, a swastika was found in the bathroom of a Westfield elementary school. Also last month, a swastika and other vulgar, racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was found spray-painted on the exterior wall of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.