fbpx

Two Denver Schools Vandalized With Antisemitic Graffiti

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the nonprofit JEWISHcolorado, George Washington High School was spray-painted with swastikas as well as racist and homophobic statements on the evening of October 16 on the school’s buildings and running track.

Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

https://jewishjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jj_avatar.jpg
Aaron Bandler
Aaron Bandler is a staff writer for the Jewish Journal, mainly covering anti-Semitism and anti-Israel bias. Originally from the Bay Area, his past work experience includes writing for The Daily Wire, The Daily Caller and Townhall.

Two schools in Denver were vandalized with antisemitic graffiti some time over the weekend.

According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the nonprofit JEWISHcolorado, George Washington High School was spray-painted with swastikas as well as racist and homophobic statements on the evening of October 16 on the school’s buildings and running track. The following night, the Denver Academy of Torah, which is about a mile away from the high school, had its windows smashed with rocks and its electrical power box was damaged. A suspect also reportedly shouted antisemitic slurs when confronted by an unknown individual.

The two incidents are not believed to be connected.

“We will not tolerate this reprehensible act of hate in our community and condemn these actions,” George Washington High School Principal Kristin Waters told parents in an October 18 email, adding that the school is “doing everything possible to identify who is responsible for this horrific hate crime.”

Abigail Boyd, an alumnus of both schools, told a local Fox affiliate: “I don’t really understand why people don’t understand that [Judaism is] just a culture. It’s something that we believe in. It’s just like being a Christian or something else.”

ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin said in a statement, “It is deeply disturbing that a Jewish school and a public high school were targeted with vandalism and hateful graffiti overnight in Denver.” He added that “hateful behavior will not be tolerated in our community” and “all students, whether they attend a religious school or a public school, deserve to learn in an environment free of intimidation and intolerance.”

Rabbi Jay Spear, CEO and President of JEWISHcolorado, said in a statement to CBS Denver, “Vandalism and hate speech of this kind are alarming and make students of all backgrounds feel unsafe in the school environment.” He thanked Waters for her email condemning the vandalism and vowed that JEWISHcolorado will “do everything we can to support the school leadership and its student body to heal from these destructive and hateful acts.”

Stop Antisemitism tweeted, “If you think this disease of hate isn’t in your backyard, think again.”

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Editor's Picks

Latest Articles

Culture

Latest Articles
Latest

Questions – A poem for Parsha Miketz

When the entire land of Egypt hungered, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread -Genesis 41:5 What sound does the call make? Whose ears is it arriving...

Boris Johnson Condemns “Disturbing” London Hanukkah Bus Attack

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the November 28 attack of a Chabad bus celebrating Hanukkah in a tweet.

UN Passes Resolution Omitting Jewish Ties to Temple Mount

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) passed a resolution on December 1 omitting any Jewish ties to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism.

A Moment in Time: What is a Miracle?

Dear all, Chanukah celebrates the miracle of a small group of Jews who were able to overcome enemy forces who tried to annihilate us. Our...

Breed May Be Dying, But This Bookstore Owner Is Not Surrendering

Since used bookstores have been sprinting toward invisibility for decades, discovering Tony Jacobs’ Sideshow Books on La Cienega Boulevard is a reader’s dream come to life.

Hollywood

Podcasts

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, 90010, http://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

x