Chelsea IrizarryDec 21, 2017, 7:47 pmDec 22, 2017, 12:42 pm

PD: Several students arrested for spray painting swastikas on Syosset school

Parents are using the incident to illustrate the importance of tolerance to their kids


SYOSSET — After months of investigating, Nassau County police say five teens were arrested in connection with anti-Semitic graffiti found at Syosset High School.

Although the community is saddened to learn the culprits were students, school administrators and parents say they won't let this incident define the values of their community.

A school security guard at Syosset High School reported that walls, doors, and windows at the back of the building had been spray painted with anti-Semitic writings, including swastikas and an MS-13 tag in August.

Police say the students arrested and charged are Alexa Ronayne, Andrew Harris, Angelo Madia, along with Christopher Belmonte and Julian Kim. All are 17 years old and facing criminal-trespass charges, while some are facing additional charges, including criminal mischief.

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Rogers says the incident serves as a reminder that the work of building a tolerant and inclusive community is an ongoing and shared process.

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