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Police investigating anti-Semitic graffiti found in schools in Malden, Melrose

Police are investigating incidents of anti-Semitic graffiti found in public schools in Malden and Melrose, officials said Monday.

At Malden High School, a swastika was found etched in an elevator Monday, Superintendent John Oteri wrote in a letter to the school community.

The school was in use over the weekend, so a student may not have been responsible, Oteri said. Oteri said the graffiti was “extremely troubling.”

Drawings of swastikas were also found inside bathrooms at the Veterans Memorial Middle School in Melrose on Friday and Monday, officials said.

The first swastika, marked on a urinal partition in a fourth-floor boys bathroom, was discovered by a school official after school let out on Friday, according to a letter from interim principal Jaime Parsons that was posted on Melrose Patch. A second was found on the back of the door to the second-floor boys bathroom at the start of school on Monday.


Melrose police are working with school officials to review camera footage of the hallways.

“Erasing the graffiti does not erase the hate expressed and hurt caused to others,” Melrose schools superintendent Cyndy Taymore said in a statement. “This will not be tolerated in our community, and we are committed to a full and thorough investigation. Actions have consequences, and no member of our community should live in fear.”

Students at the middle school will participate in a learning activity about discrimination and harassment on Nov. 13, officials said.

Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com. Jackson Cote can be reached at jackson.cote@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jackson_k_cote.