On Tuesday, the Georgia School Board confirmed an ongoing investigation into a “Hail Hitler” graffiti scrawled on top of a bathroom wall of Alan C. Pope High School in Marietta, Georgia.
As investigated by the Cobb County School Board, several students, who have since been identified and interviewed by school officials, graffitied “Hail Hitler” and two swastikas on a quadrant of wall tiles above a row of urinals.
A statement by the Alan C. Pope High School Parents Teachers Students Association (PTSA) urged parents not to write off what happened as a “teenage prank” and see its link to a viral trend encouraging students to destroy and deface school property.
The PTSA said, “Many will call these teenage pranks, but these are hate crimes — and destroying property and stealing from your school is a felony. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, I can’t believe THIS is what we are discussing, but last night our students came home talking about the destruction of property at our school thanks to a Tik Tok trend that has infiltrated Pope, but also we saw very disturbing pictures of swastikas and messages of hate painted on the walls.”
Reacting to the incident was Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of Temple Kol Emeth who told KIMT 3 News, “Students and parents were rightfully scared and concerned about what was happening,” he said. “There were many families who reached out with other similar stories, not just at Pope High School but throughout the district. We’ve gotten incredible support from around the area, from faith communities, from churches, from the Islamic Speaker Bureau, from all over saying that, ‘We stand with you.’”