Swastikas, homophobic and sexist symbols, and racist terms were found Friday on a rock outside the Bromfield School in Harvard, school officials said.
Harvard Public Schools Superintendent Linda Dwight wrote in a letter to students, parents, and members of the community that the rock has been covered up and the district condemns the vandalism.
Dwight could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.
Dwight said students will get the opportunity to make the rock represent a symbol of hope rather than hatred.
“We ask that the senior class rededicate their rock to expressions of hope for the future, including tolerance that reflects the diversity of our town and the student body as they have done so well in the past,” she wrote in the letter.
About 700 students from grades six through 12 attend the Bromfield School. Students are on Thanksgiving break.
Dwight is calling on tolerance to be integrated into school curriculum. The goal is to make all students — especially students from minority and marginalized groups — feel safe.
The hate speech has been documented and the district has asked the police to open a criminal investigation, Dwight said.
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