Antisemitic, racist, and homophobic graffiti was found at the Holten Richmond Middle School in Danvers, Massachusetts earlier this week, amidst a recent controversy over how school board officials dealt with allegations of misconduct on the high school’s hockey team.
Two swastikas were found scrawled in a bathroom at the Boston-area school, along with racist and homophobic statements. In response to the incident, school officials said, “This hate crime and type of hateful behavior has no place in our Danvers Schools or any place in our community. It will not be tolerated. We are incredibly disappointed that this type of behavior has occurred in our school and understand the frustration of the community. We are acutely aware that this most recent incident fits into a broader pattern.”
Appreciating the school for condemning the antisemitic graffiti openly, Robert Trestan, Northeast Regional Executive Director of the Anti-Defamation League said it was a “good first step, but must be followed by action.”
“To regain trust, the community deserves transparency and a role in moving forward,” he said. “Healing in the aftermath of hate requires accountability at all levels, including investigations of past incidents, curriculum adjustments, leadership development initiatives for staff and students, and stakeholder engagement.”