Ali RosenDec 28, 2016, 9:59 amDec 28, 2016, 12:12 pm

State police investigate after swastika found at former Lewisboro Elementary School

Superintendent: This kind of hate will not be tolerated in our community

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Spray-painted swastikas, anti-Semitic messages found in Rockland, Westchester  

An investigation is underway in Lewisboro after a community member found a swastika written on the playground of a former school.

The hate symbol was found over the last couple of days during the school district's holiday break. But the district's superintendent sent an email to parents immediately. In it, he reiterated how their schools have a zero tolerance policy for this type of hate.

The swastika was found amidst other graffiti that was written on playground equipment at the former Lewisboro Elementary School. Once it was found, the school contacted the Lewisboro police but that department has since handed the investigation over to state police.

State police say they have gathered their evidence and the graffiti will be removed.

Here in the Hudson Valley, there have been a number of these types of incidents recently. In Rockland County the words "no Jews" were recently found on a realtors sign and on the driveway of two homes. In Westchester County-swastikas were found in a dorm at SUNY Purchase last month.

Lewisboro Elementary closed in June 2014 due to failing enrollment. The district has contemplated renting the school out but no tenants have been announced.

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