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Swastikas found etched in cement outside TR Smedberg Middle School in Elk Grove

An Elk Grove parent found swastikas etched in cement outside of TR Smedberg Middle School in Elk Grove on Thursday. The district said they were previously unaware of the issue and are working to remedy it “immediately”.
An Elk Grove parent found swastikas etched in cement outside of TR Smedberg Middle School in Elk Grove on Thursday. The district said they were previously unaware of the issue and are working to remedy it “immediately”. Dustin Nguyen

An Elk Grove parent found swastikas etched into cement outside T.R. Smedberg Middle School over the weekend. The Elk Grove Unified School District confirmed the incident, and said it was working to get the images removed “immediately.”

Dustin Nguyen, an Elk Grove parent whose son attends school within the Elk Grove Unified School District, reported finding the swastikas. He was at T.R. Smedberg for a preliminary weigh-in before his son’s wrestling tournament Thursday and spotted the swastikas outside the school’s performing arts building.

“It looked like they had just re-cemented the posts or something,” Nguyen told The Bee. Among other things drawn in the cement, there were at least two swastikas.

Nguyen said he spoke to the school’s principal, Richard Wall, Thursday about the etchings. Nguyen said Wall was surprised and said it was the first he had heard about the swastikas.

Wall assured Nguyen they would have maintenance take care of it, but when Nguyen returned to the school Saturday, the swastikas were still there, he said.

EGUSD Public Information Officer Xanthi Pinkerton told The Bee that she traveled to the school to verify the account, and she confirmed with Wall that the swastikas were there. Pinkerton said they will be removed “immediately” and that the district takes incidents like this seriously.

“We’re aware of it, and we will immediately remove it and address it,” Pinkerton said. She said that the school was unaware of the problem until last week.

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