Swastika found in Port Washington high school bathroom: officials

PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y. — School officials are investigating who is responsible for drawing a swastika on a bathroom wall at a Long Island high school.

A swastika was found Nov. 17 drawn onto the wall in a bathroom in Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School in Port Washington, N.Y. (Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School)

A swastika was found Nov. 17 drawn onto the wall in a bathroom in Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School in Port Washington, N.Y. (Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School)

A student notified staff after finding the graffiti Thursday morning in the boys’ bathroom at Paul D. Schreiber Senior High School in Port Washington. The bathroom was immediately closed off and the swastika quickly removed, officials said.

“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable, does not represent who we are as a school district or a community, and will not be tolerated,” Union Free School District superintendent Kathleen Mooney said in a letter to students and their families. “Upon completion of our investigation, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.”

In a separate incident Thursday on Long Island, Ku Klux Klan fliers were found on cars in Patchogue, a town about 40 miles east of Port Washington. The fliers read, “our race is our nation,” and included a drawing of a Klan member.

These incidents come during a recent uptick in reported biased crimes across the nation since Donald Trump was elected as the next president. PIX11 News has created a map tracking hate crimes reported in the tri-state area by police, in the media and by our audience. You can submit your own tip to PIX11 here.