United States / 05-03-2017
Cross River, NY - Someone scrawled a swastika in a bathroom at John Jay High School in Cross River Monday - a week after a Holocaust survivor visited the school.
Students like Sophe Eberhardt say the vandalism is demoralizing.
"It's a subject that's really, really dark," Eberhardt says, "After everything they showed us, prejudice and racism still exist at our school."
Superintendent Andrew Selesnick sent a letter home to parents saying that he believed the graffiti was more about being "disruptive" than "due to hate targeted at others."
"Nonetheless, we redouble our efforts to find those responsible," he concluded.
Judith Altmann, the Holocaust survivor, was invited by administrators to share her story with students last week.
Earlier this year, swastikas also turned up carved into seats on a bus and on a tree outside the school.