Swastika Found in WCSU Parking Garage

DC Black and White Swastika school vandalism
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Just weeks after a noose was found on Western Connecticut State University property, school police are investigating who defaced school property with a swastika.

On Monday, a swastika was found scratched into a concrete floor in a parking garage on campus.

In November 2008, a swastika was drawn in moisture on a car’s windshield and another was found carved into a library door.

“Unfortunately, such hateful graffiti appears occasionally in many settings in our society,” WCSU President James W. Schmotter said. “We take it seriously when it does here at WCSU, because it is abhorrent to everything for which this university stands. The perpetrators of the 2008 incident were apprehended and disciplined. WCSU police are investigating today’s crime as well.

Schmotter who has condemned signs of hate showing up on campus said this does not reflect “the values, beliefs and actions of the great majority of our community.”

“I am proud of how students, faculty and staff work together. We celebrate diversity at this university and punish those who commit hate crimes,” Schmotter said.

School police ask anyone with information on this incident, or anyone who was in the area of the basement level of the White Street garage between May 8 and May 10, and who could assist in identifying a possible suspect or suspects, to calls the WCSU Police Department at (203) 837-9300. You may remain anonymous.

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