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Swastikas found graffitied on Torrey Pines campus

Two large swastikas were found on the walls of the boys’ toilet at Torrey Pines High School on Friday, December 3rd. The incident came just under two weeks after the board of directors of the San Dieguito Union High School District passed a resolution condemning the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric, hate-motivated crimes and incidents against students and members of the Jewish community the district serves.

The district filed a hate crime report with the San Diego Police Department, according to Cheryl James Ward, district superintendent of San Dieguito Union High School.

“There is NO tolerance of any form of hatred,” Ward wrote in a message to the families.

In addition to filing the police report, the district has contacted the Anti-Defamation League and the San Diego County Office of Education to help train staff and students. Additionally, Ward said she will meet with the county administration teams to develop a long-term plan to address their schools’ problems.

“It’s been a tough week with everything that’s happening in our nation and our children. Furthermore, we have all had to endure the pandemic, and it has certainly taken its toll. Therefore, it is more important than ever for us to show empathy, compassion and love for one another, ”wrote Ward in her message to families. “This is really our only way forward. Please join me in making a commitment to be allies for one another. We have to be a family. We must stand together to make sure that all students feel safe and loved when they go to school.

On December 3, the Anti-Defamation League of San Diego also issued a statement condemning the act of anti-Semitism.

“It is deeply worrying that a public high school was attacked with hateful anti-Semitic graffiti, which is particularly painful during Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights,” said Tammy Gillies, ADL San Diego regional director. In fact, the swastika still serves today as one of the most significant and notorious symbols of hatred, anti-Semitism and white supremacy. This type of hateful behavior is not tolerated in our community. All students deserve to study in an environment free from intimidation and intolerance. “

Students, parents, staff and the San Dieguito community can anonymously report suspicious and / or illegal activity such as bullying, drugs, guns, theft or other crimes in the school environment by calling the We Tip Hotline (800) 78-CRIME ( 800-782-7463) or by submitting a report on the We Tip website at wetip.com

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