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May 21, 2013 12:50 pm

Michigan Students to Face Destruction of Property Charges for Defacing School Locker With Swastika

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Swastika graffiti. Photo: wiki commons.

Police say they’re seeking malicious destruction of property charges against three Michigan high school students after a female Jewish classmate found a swastika carved into her locker.

The incident occurred in late April. Another student’s locker at East Lansing High School was also damaged.

School administrators, the girl’s family and police agreed the best way to handle the incident was for her three classmates to be charged with the misdemeanor, East Lansing Police Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth told the Lansing State Journal.

“The school is also being listed as the victim,” Wriggelsworth said. “There were two lockers damaged. One of them being the victim’s locker who is Jewish and the victim of the other locker, was not (Jewish).”

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East Lansing schools Superintendent Dave Chapin said the district considers it an isolated incident. He said “appropriate disciplinary actions” were taken against the three students but would not elaborate.

“In this case, the families came together,” Chapin said. “And to the best of my knowledge, as I was not present, they worked through a reasonable solution and that’s better left in the hands of the East Lansing Police Department.”

Heidi Budaj, regional director for the Anti-Defamation League in Detroit, told the Lansing State Journal she sent a message to the high school asking how her group can help. So far, she has not received a response.

“We asked them what programs would they like to utilize and the same goes for the young lady involved,” Budaj said. “We think that every single child has the right to walk into school and feel that it is a comfortable, safe place to learn.”

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