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A swastika and anti-Semitic slogan were discovered at Davis Senior High School over the weekend, according to a letter sent to parents Tuesday.
The words “Sieg Hil” (sic) and the swastika – a symbol of Nazism – were found drawn in pen on the wall of a boys restroom over the weekend, said Lt. Paul Doroshov, spokesman for the Davis Police Department.
The graffiti was removed before school started Monday, said Maria Clayton, Davis Joint Unified School District spokeswoman.
Davis Senior High and Harper Junior High School, which are three miles apart, also received multiple emails containing swastikas through the school’s anonymous reporting application called STOPit over the weekend, according to district officials. The application is intended to be used for reporting inappropriate activities.
Davis Senior High received seven files with swastikas, according to Doroshov. It’s not clear how many messages were sent to Harper Junior High School.
“We think, because of the timing, this is all related,” Doroshov said.
He said that potential suspects could face charges of vandalism and, because of the emails, using electronic communications to annoy others.
“At the end of the day, it is up to the district attorney to decide how to classify it,” he said.
Letters were emailed to parents at the two schools Tuesday to inform them of the incidents.
“I want to also take this opportunity to underscore that such actions are taken seriously and run counter to DJUSD policies and principles of inclusion and may be considered hate crimes by law,” stated Thomas P. McHale, interim principal at Davis Senior High. “In our school community there is no room for intolerance. I ask for your support in helping to reinforce this message.”
Counselors are available for any student or staff member who needs support, he said.
Anyone with information about the crime should call the Davis Police Department at (530) 747-5400, according to district officials.