Anti-semitic Graffiti Appears To Be A Reaction To Public Condemnation

Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter from Principal Henry Turner to the Bedford High School Community about an incident that took place on Friday, March 21, 2014.

BHS Principal Henry J. Turner, EdD
BHS Principal Henry J. Turner, EdD

I am sad to report that a swastika was found outside of a classroom  [on Friday] afternoon.  The image was drawn in pencil and was immediately removed by school resource officer, Jeff Wardwell, after a teacher reported it to the principal’s office.  The drawing today came immediately after our public condemnation of anti-Semitic activity within the Bedford Public Schools, which is similar to the pattern of anti-Semitic graffiti in the fall of 2013 at the high school.  We believe that the recent swastika drawing is coming from the same source as the fall anti-Semitic graffiti and the police are continuing to investigate those criminal acts.

I will be asking teachers and administrators to keep a vigilant eye out in the hallways. I will provide you with additional information if and when I receive it.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,
Henry J. Turner, EdD
Principal, Bedford High School

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