GLEN ROCK, NJ - Two pencil-drawn swastikas were discovered in a Glen Rock Middle School bathroom this morning, according to school officials.
"This morning it was discovered that two swastikas had been drawn in pencil on a tile and sink in a 6th grade boy’s bathroom," officials reported in a press release signed by Brett Charleston, Superintendent of Schools. "The building administration reacted immediately by shutting down the bathroom and reporting the incident to the police. After the police conclude their investigation, the symbols will be removed and the bathroom will be reopened."
"The District will make every effort to identify the offender, including reviewing hallway video surveillance and speaking with students who were issued bathroom passes this morning and yesterday," Charleston said.
At the beginning of the school year, the district joined the Diversity Council on Global Education out of Kean University and the No Place For Hate Initiative, Charleston said. "Their missions are designed to create inclusive communities by promoting unity and respect, and empowering schools to reduce bullying, name-calling, and other expressions of bias.
"We encourage parents to take this time to discuss this with their children," Charleston said. "The Glen Rock Public School denounces the use of this symbol, as it symbolizes genocide, intolerance and hate."