Briella TomassettiAug 28, 2017, 5:55 pmAug 29, 2017, 7:07 am

Oyster Bay officials team up with police to locate suspects behind anti-Semitic graffiti

Swastikas were found on doors and windows of the Syosset High School


Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joe Saladino was joined by Nassau County police and representatives of the Jewish community to denounce racism and intolerance in syosset on Monday.

"The Town of Oyster Bay has zero tolerance for hate, and we are here to make that very strong statement," Saladino said.

Early Sunday morning, a school security officer at Syosset High School reported that the walls, doors, and windows at the back of the building had been spray painted with anti-Semitic writings that included swastikas, an MS-13 tag along with other profanities were also spray painted on the building.

"We need to understand the historical context of what's happening with this graffiti. This is a moment for education and a moment for the community to come together,” said Director of Youth Helen Turner of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Nassau County.

The incident prompted a huge response from the community. Hundreds gathered at the Mid-Island Jewish Community Center in Plainview last night to rally against the hateful act and spread messages of peace.

"There certainly have been acts of anti-Semitism in the country and that's hurtful, but I have seen acts of bigotry and racism against all sorts of ethnic groups and that's deeply troubling," said Rabbi Rafi Rank.

This isn't the first time an incident like this has happened in the Town of Oyster Bay. Similar messages of hate were etched into the concrete at Haypath Park in Old Bethpage several months ago.

Eight teenagers were busted for those messages of hate after being caught on surveillance video.

The culprit or culprits behind the Syosset incident are still at large.

Nassau County Legislator Arnold Drucker released a statement calling on police to step up security measures, saying: "I have been in contact with local law enforcement to step up police patrols in the area, and around our local schools for the safety and security of our local residents and students.

Nassau County police Deputy Chief of Patrol Kenneth Lack says the incident is currently under investigation by the second squad though he could not give any additional details about whether or not police have beefed up security measures at any district buildings.

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