The police are investigating who spray painted red swastikas and references to Donald Trump on the walls of the Wilbur Cross High School Athletic Complex.
Police department spokesman Officer David Hartman said in a press release that the athletic complex was in order when it was secured around noon on Saturday.
But 48 hours later, staff entered the complex to retrieve equipment and found it tagged with graffiti, specifically red swastikas and references to Donald Trump, were spray painted on walls and equipment.
Police have found no evidence that the perpetrators forced their way in, Hartman stated in the release. It is possible a door was left unlocked.
“The investigation of hate crimes and hate-motivated behavior as well as the apprehension of hate crime offenders is of paramount importance to the New Haven Police Department,” Hartman said. “In this case, there wasn’t a sole person or group that was targeted.
Hartman said that police department considers the entire community as the victim.
“Our citizens should be confident that these offenses will be investigated and that they are properly supported throughout this process,” he added. “Our city is defined by its sense of community. When you promote hate, you do so against us all. We will do all that we can to find you out.”
New Haven Schools sent a letter home to parents from Interim Superintendent Reginald Mayo about the vandalism, according to a press release from the district.
The graffiti was not visible from the street, and once discovered, officials took all the necessary steps to ensure the graffiti was removed in all locations and to maintain the safe and calm school climate, according to the release.
Police have processed the scene for forensic evidence and are asking for the public’s help. Call detectives at 203-946-6304. Reports can be made anonymously.
posted by: THREEFIFTHS on November 22, 2016 8:18pm
The Fool or Fools who did this need to read the history about the swastikas they would see the Nazis Hijack the Swastika The Swastika symbol represents the Sun and the Egyptian center for so-called Sun worshipping.The Swastika was the symbol for luck and akin to the Tau or Cross. In the Indus valley it was the symbol for well being and good, and came from the original Africans peoples, just as the Star of David or Seal of Solomon came from the same system.The Swastika is also the symbol the India Vedas. Vedas, the holy texts of Hinduism. Hinduism has its trinity that is an offshoot of the worship of Auset, Auser, and Heru [Isis, Osirus and Horus] are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Brahma said to be Abraham of the Bible who was an Ethiopian according to Tacitus. Shiva was said to be the real time King Solomon and according to Ahmed Osman was in reality Amenhotep III.I have a Swastika on my wall for these reason.
posted by: 1644 on November 22, 2016 9:25pm
While vandalism is obviously illegal, does NHPS’s commitment to diversity of thought and culture mean that a student could wear a t-shirt with a Nazi symbol, or an oriental symbol of good luck? Are Malcolm X or Che Gueuvara shirts okay? Eldridge Cleaver? Weather Underground? John C. Calhoun?
Well, at least it is clear who is promoting hate! Just as Hitler manipulated his minions through their fear of “the Jews!” they are being led around by their “Fear of TrUmP!!”
What a shame…coming from misguided kids who probably can’t spell ‘swastika’...
posted by: theNEWnewhaven on November 23, 2016 10:54am
This looks like the work of a teenager. Maybe even a teenager at that school…?
IT says F’ Trump, No Trump in the same space….
I wouldn’t jump to conclusions that the person(s) that did this may just be looking for shock value and not actually connect to the identity behind the swastika.
Hell, it could even be a person of color for all we know.
Are there no cameras there?
posted by: westville man on November 23, 2016 12:25pm
1644- you aren’t serious in your comparisons, are you? I certainly hope we are more sophisticated in our thinking than that.
posted by: 1644 on November 23, 2016 1:06pm
Westville: They are not comparisons. They are examples that would test one’s support of freedom of speech, thought, and diversity. Do we support those principles, as the Supreme Court declared them in the Cantwell and Skokie cases, or do we fear the marketplace of ideas and support censorship? (Cantwell overturned a CT conviction for playing recordings insulting the Pope in a very Catholic, Italian New Haven neighborhood; Skokie established the American NAZI party’s right to march through a heavily Jewish neighborhood). Personally, for public schools I would support school uniforms to avoid any temptation for viewpoint discrimination. http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article10271711.html#!
posted by: DrJay on November 23, 2016 2:41pm
THREEFITHS is correct about the history of the swastika but that is irrelevant to its current meaning. Just as the KKK transformed a burning cross into a sign of anti-black racism, the Nazis transformed the swastika into a symbol of anti-semitism. Even the ignorant person who is responsible for this graffiti likely understands the swastika as a symbol of hatred for Jews. THREEFIFTHS wants to try to reclaim the swastika as a religious symbol - I don’t think that is possible when the Holocaust is still such a painful memory for many. I personally would be horrified to go to his house and see a swastika on the wall, even with his cogent explanation of its origin.
posted by: 1644 on November 23, 2016 3:49pm
Drjay: The symbol is still widely used throughout Asia in its original meaning. To see it as only an anti-Jewish symbol is a limited, Eurocentric vision. BTW, I get a kick out of the costumes of the anti-Catholic KKK resemble Catholic regalia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capirote
posted by: DrJay on November 23, 2016 4:15pm
By 1644’s logic, it would be OK if people marched with white robes and pointed hats and hoods because this was also used by a Catholic sect? I would be appalled and assume (rightly, I’m sure) that this was meant as a KKK salute and anti-black gesture. Let’s be clear- in 21st century USA, a swastika without other context is an anti-semitic symbol.
posted by: duncanidaho645 on November 23, 2016 5:33pm
I think it’s safe to say that this wouldn’t have happened if New Haven Public School employees were caring for the building. People that felt institutionally important and actually cared about the building and the education of the students having a job with decent pay and fulltime hours. From gun charges to not securing the doors the private companies brought in to kickback some dollars have failed us.
posted by: 1644 on November 23, 2016 7:09pm
DrJay: I am okay with hate groups parading because protecting freedom of expression is part of who we should be as a nation. I am not okay with the government deciding what speech of points of view are acceptable, telling us what we can say and what we can think. The NAZIs were able to do what they did in large part because they eliminated alternative sources of information.
posted by: THREEFIFTHS on November 23, 2016 8:19pm
posted by: 1644 on November 23, 2016 2:49pm
Drjay: The symbol is still widely used throughout Asia in its original meaning. To see it as only an anti-Jewish symbol is a limited.
posted by: DrJay on November 23, 2016 1:41pm
THREEFITHS is correct about the history of the swastika but that is irrelevant to its current meaning. Just as the KKK transformed a burning cross into a sign of anti-black racism, the Nazis transformed the swastika into a symbol of anti-semitism. Even the ignorant person who is responsible for this graffiti likely understands the swastika as a symbol of hatred for Jews. THREEFIFTHS wants to try to reclaim the swastika as a religious symbol .
How do you reclaim something that has always been a religious symbol Case and point.