The Hate Crimes Squad at the Denver Police Department is currently investigating two consecutive vandalisms at a Jewish school and public school in Glendale.
Targeted with hateful messages over the weekend, the George Washington High School was discovered with racist, antisemitic, and homophobic slurs that were daubed on several surfaces on Saturday night. On Sunday evening, less than a mile away, a rock was thrown through a window of the Denver Academy of Torah, damaging an electrical box.
Condemning these acts on behalf of the Jewish community residing in Denver, the Anti-Defamation League told reporters that the graffiti at George Washington High School was “widely dispersed on the sides of the building and on the bleachers,” and that when a witness attempted to confront a suspect at the Denver Academy of Torah, he “referred to Jews in a very disparaging way.”
In a letter to students and families, George Washington High School Principal Kristin Waters said counseling services will be provided to students affected by the incidents. ‘We will not tolerate this reprehensible act of hate in our community and condemn these actions,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Denver Police’s Bias-Motivated Crimes squad has said it is investigating both incidents as hate crimes.