SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (AP) – A swastika and a racial slur aimed at Jews were found in a bathroom at Mount Holyoke University earlier this week, the third reported crime-fighting incident. at the prestigious girls’ school this fall, the New England Anti-Defamation League said on Thursday.
The organization’s deputy regional director, Peggy Shukur, told the AP, was reported to ADL-New England Tuesday by a parent of a student at the school, Peggy Shukur, the group’s deputy regional director. office, told the Associated Press.
She said it was not clear if the graffiti was in the dormitory bathroom or the bathroom in another building on the South Hadley campus.
An email and voicemail seeking comment was left with a spokesperson for Mount Holyoke.
In October, the ADL received two reports of swastikas and mutters being written in a dormitory bathroom at the school, Shukur said. In at least one case, they were written on a mirror.
“The university leadership team and I understand the harm and fear this symbol has incited on our campus,” the university’s president, Sonya Stephens, said in a letter to the community. community following an incident in October, according to an online story on Mount Holyoke News reporting students. “We join you in both anger and grief and condemn in the strongest terms this provocative act and all symbols of hatred, which has no place on our premises. .”
The school has about 2,200 students, according to the school’s website.
There have been some well-known protests in Massachusetts this year. Last spring in Massachusetts high school football team was found to have used objectionable language while calling for a game on the field.
In October, a Jewish religious icon known as a mezuzah was depicted at Northeastern University’s Hillel House near the school’s Boston campus. And in the summer, a rabbi stabbed outside a Jewish school in Boston.
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