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Swastika graffiti found at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School

Cambridge Rindge and Latin School staff found three graffiti swastikas in separate boys’ bathrooms in the school, officials said, decrying the hateful symbols as antithetical to the academic community’s values of inclusion.

Superintendent Kenneth Salim said the swastikas were found Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning.

School officials immediately notified Cambridge police and reported the incident to Attorney General Maura Healey’s hot- ine for bias-related threats, harassment, and violence, Salim said.

“It is something that is disturbing and troubling and ... is very much at odds with the values in our district,” Salim said.

School officials notified parents of the graffiti on Wednesday.


The school set up safe spaces, where students and staff could speak to counselors or further discuss the incident Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, Salim said.

There were also advisory periods for students, Salim said. Teachers asked questions to foster discussion, providing an “opportunity to both clarify the facts of the incident, as well as talk about our next steps as a school and a community.”

A similar incident happened at the Vassal Lane Upper School in November, Salim said.

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