Reading School Officials to Address Racial Incident

Reading school officials will address students Monday after two swastikas were found inside a classroom late last week.

The incident marks the second time in about a year that racial graffiti was found.

In the most recent incident, the hateful images were discovered and reported to school leadership by a teacher after a student found two swastikas drawn in pencil on a science lab bench. The school documented the images and reported the incident to the Superintendent, Reading police and the Facilities Department.

In a letter to school families and staff, Reading Memorial High School Principal Kathleen Boynton said officials are investigating the incident, but it was unclear when exactly the images were drawn.

"Unfortunately, we continue to have these graffiti related incidents in our schools and in our community," Boynton wrote in the letter. "The swastika symbolizes hate and anti-Semitism and there is no place for these types of hateful actions or behaviors in our schools or in the greater Reading community."

A similar incident was reported in May of 2017.

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