Kaitlin McKinley Becker

Police Investigating After Swastikas Found in Andover High School Classroom

This has been the third time in the last few months that there has been an incident such as this at Andover High School

Police in Massachusetts are investigating and community leaders are reacting after three swastikas were found drawn on a desk in the classroom of a Jewish teacher.

They were discovered at Andover High School on Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the first night of Hanukkah, according to authorities.

Police and school officials are working together to find out who is behind the act, while town and school leaders are trying to use this as a moment to educate.

"We value diversity, we value difference and we want to create an environment that supports students and their growth and development in a respectful way," said the Andover superintendent.

This the third time in recent months that a swastika has been found in Andover High School.

The town manager says they are a tolerant, vibrant and welcoming community and will not allow hate crimes or hate speech in schools or anywhere else.

In the fall the school committee passed a resolution opposing all forms of hate. On Thursday the committee will discuss formalizing their position and add new language to the resolution.

Town and school officials hope to hold a public forum in the next few months to discuss the matter.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incidents is asked to call Andover High School at 978-247-5500 or Andover police at 978-475-0411. 

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