3 Anonymous ‘Stupid Teenagers’ Send Letter of Apology, $50 to Pennsylvania Library Whose Parking Lot They Vandalized With Shaving-Cream Swastika
A letter of apology and $50 in cash were found on Monday at a Pennsylvania library whose parking lot had been decorated with a shaving-cream swastika, the local news station NBC10 reported.
According to the report, the letter — penned by the perpetrators of the vandalism and discovered in the book depository of the Exeter Community Library — read:
We are three stupid teenagers apologizing for our heinous acts against the Exeter Community Library. We are the ones who drew inappropriate images in shaving cream in the parking lot, and we are sincerely sorry. It is only now that we realize how stupid are (sic) acts were, we did not attend (sic) to hurt anyone or offend anyone. In this envelope we have enclosed fifty dollars, which we hope is enough to cover any damages, again we realize now how stupid this is and how much a generosity this library has actually been to the Community. This will never happen again, on our terms, and again we are greatly sorry, please find it in our community to forgive us. We are trying to make this right and again never meant to intentionally hurt or offend anyone. We realize that the swastika symbol can be considered a symbol of hate especially since the Holocaust and we realize how honestly irresponsible this was, we all have religious roots and did not intentionally mean this as any form of hate speech or dislikeness (sic) towards any culture. Again we wish to formally apologize.
The letter was signed, “Three irresponsible teenagers apologizing for their immature acts. We are incredibly sorry.”
The library is donating the $50 to the Anti-Defamation League as authorities continue to search for the vandals, the report said.
Bill Franklin, the president of the Jewish Federation of Reading, responded, “At best it was a thoughtless prank. The keyword is ‘thoughtless.’ Like the letter says, they will not do anything like this again — so that’s three people whose lives have been changed.”
Swastikas and other displays of antisemitism have been appearing regularly across the United States during the past few months.