An elementary school in Queens is under investigation after Nazi drawings were found on the school’s playground.
CNN reports the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the case after the drawings were found on PS 139‘s school playground Friday morning. The playground was covered in chalk drawings of swastikas, a Nazi eagle and the phrase “Hail Hilter.” Police were notified after a resident of a nearby apartment building took photos of the drawing and sent them to Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz. Koslowtiz said that the elementary school is located in a predominately Jewish neighborhood and made the following statement on her Twitter page:
“I am horrified, disgusted, and nauseated, to say the least, of what I have witnessed today. Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic slurs were drawn at the PS 139 Playground in Rego Park. I was on the scene today and most of the imagery has been washed away. Enough is enough!”
The NYC Jewish Caucus confirmed on Twitter that the playground is currently being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force.
“Swastikas and Nazi symbols, as well as the term “Heil Hitler” (sic) were discovered drawn all over an elementary school playground in Queens today. @CMKoslowitz & @tobystavisky were at the scene, and it has since been cleaned. @NYPDHateCrimes is investigating this incident.”
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CNN also noted that there have been 36 reports of anti-Semitic crimes that occurred in New York City this year.