SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains police are continuing their investigation into the inflammatory graffiti spray-painted onto the back wall of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on Friday.
"The Scotch Plains police takes incidents like this very seriously," said Captain Paul Belford of the Scotch Plains police department, adding that SPPD is updating the Union County Prosecutor's Office on its progress.
Belford told TAPintoSPF that he could not comment further because the police investigation is continuing.
The offensive vandalism, including demonic and racist symbols, and a reference to a school administrator, has outraged members of the local community and brought swift condemnation from elected officials and civic leaders.
Mayor Al Smith of Scotch Plains and Mayor Colleen Mahr of Fanwood today issued a joint announcement condemning the racist, anti-Semitic, and vulgar graffiti found at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School on the morning of October 6, 2018
We want to make it clear that this has no place in our communities and does not represent our shared values of a diverse and inclusive Scotch Plains and Fanwood. -
The SPFK12 School District responded with a letter signed by Board of Education President Nancy Bauer, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Hayes, and Dr. David Heisey, principal of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School.
We are deeply saddened about the bias based graffiti that defaced Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School this past weekend. Such incidents are highly offensive and inflammatory. They do not reflect who we are as a community.
At this time, we cannot share any further information as the matter is under police investigation. We are fortunate to have an outstanding working relationship with both the Scotch Plains Police Department and the Fanwood Police Department. While the Scotch Plains Police takes the lead in these matters because our schools are located in Scotch Plains, both departments support our schools. We appreciate their efforts and will continue to cooperate with them in this investigation.
Meanwhile, the school district quickly had the offensive graffiti removed from the high school walls. Tomorrow, Columbus Day, students are off, although teachers will be in school for a training day.