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Stamford Public School Defaced With Swastikas

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United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien
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Swastikas and other graffiti on the walls and entrance to the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering

Stamford police received a report on Saturday that the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering, a public high school, was vandalized with swastikas, profanity, and symbols of hate, including 666 and KKK.

Lauren Steinberg is a staff member at the United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien. She says that this incident points to larger issues of anti-Semitism in the community.

“This is the second incidence of swastikas being drawn on a building in Stamford this summer. We also learned that at least two individuals were called by anti-Semitic slurs when exiting local synagogues in the last two weeks. So, regardless of the motive of the perpetrator, we see this as part of a broader local and national pattern of increasing hate symbolism that concerns us tremendously.”

Stamford police say they’ll continue to investigate the incident, and will continue to work with the United Jewish Federation and the Anti-Defamation League.

Anthony Moaton is a former fellow at WSHU.