Swastika drawn on high school student desk

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WEST NYACK – The Clarkstown Police Department is currently investigating an incident where a swastika had been drawn on a student desk at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack.  

Police said the drawing was placed on the desk sometime between February 28 and March 3, when it was discovered.  

The police were shown a photo of the swastika taken by a staff member, due to the fact that the swastika had been cleaned off the desk prior to our arrival.

The police have been in contact with the students in the classroom where the incident occurred “to reinforce the hurtful nature of this act,” said Principal Deb Tarantino and Schools Superintendent Dr. Martin Cox in a joint letter to the community.

The past three years, the Clarkstown South High School was recognized for their accomplishments as a No Place for Hate School by the Anti-Defamation League,” they wrote. “Needless to say, this anti-Semitic acts contradicts the school climate and the outstanding work that has enhanced a school climate that is warm, friendly, and welcoming.”

The Clarkstown Police Department reiterated its stance that no symbol of hate including swastikas has a place in our society, especially our schools. The Clarkstown Detective Bureau is investigating this incident and is asking anyone who may have information regarding this to call the Clarkstown Police at (845)639-5800.