Broward Schools: Bathroom walls at Western High again defaced with swastikas – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

DAVIE, FL. (WSVN) – Days after the bathroom walls of Western High School in Davie were defaced with ominous messages, someone has struck again on campus, school district officials said.

In a statement released Tuesday night, a spokesman for Broward County Public Schools wrote: “Unfortunately, new images were discovered today. The district is continuing its investigation.”

Broward Schools’ statement comes after a parent contacted 7News and said swastikas had reappeared on bathroom walls.

The disturbing discovery comes four days later, county officials said, guards found the graffiti on a bathroom wall, along with an expletive and a racial slur.

The district said administrators cleaned up the letter immediately.

But the Nazi symbols still left students at the school shaken.

“It’s just a horrible sight,” said one student.

“I feel less secure,” said another student.

“I’m Jewish, so it’s not nice to see that when we go to the toilet and go to the toilet,” said student Ofir Weiss.

“It’s just disrespectful to my family and my past,” said student Moam Ross.

“It’s very offensive, and I learned something about the history of the Holocaust, so it’s really sad that people do that,” said student Mia Rodriguez.

“The principal made an announcement yesterday formally explaining the situation and asking for the students’ help to obtain information,” said one student, who identified herself as Alyssa.

“These things are jokes to them and they shouldn’t be,” said student Maas Hussain.

Students said security had been stepped up this week, particularly in and out of the toilets.

Western High isn’t the first school to be attacked by bathroom vandals. In early May, a sixth grader at Westglades Middle School in Parkland found a drawing of a swastika with the word “swastika” underneath it.

“Hopefully we do something so we can learn from this,” said one parent.

“It has to start with family. These teachers have their hands full,” said parent Matthew Hinenburg. “This director cannot control everything that goes on. You couldn’t when I was in high school either, but you find out who it is and you punish them thoroughly, send an appropriate message, and off you go.”

In their statement, the Broward Schools spokesman also wrote: “Any person involved will face appropriate disciplinary action. Broward County public schools have zero tolerance for displays of bigotry and hatred and are committed to educating students about the profound effects of prejudice.”

If you have information that might assist investigators, call Davie Police at 954-693-8200 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous and be eligible for a bounty of up to $5,000.

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