WESTFIELD, NJ — Hate graffiti has been found again at a Westfield school, parents learned through an email sent by Superintendent Margaret Dolan Thursday afternoon.
“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.”
The email did not say which school was affected or 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.