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Rocks Thrown at Manhattan Jewish Day School

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Illustrative  New York City. Photo: Jeenah Moon.

A Jewish day school in the Upper East Side section New York City was vandalized on Wednesday night.

“Ramaz’s security cameras show a man throwing a rock at the building’s bulletproof glass door,” school officials from The Ramaz School in a statement on Thursday. “He did this one more time to no avail, and there is minimal damage to the door, just some scratches and dust residue.”

“We know this information is disconcerting, but rest assured, we are taking every possible measure to keep our school safe,” it continued. “As we say frequently, but cannot say often enough, the safety and security of our school staff and students our highest priority.”

New York City Police from the 19th precinct said they are investigating the incident in addition to two others that occurred at local businesses in the area. It is not yet clear that the three incidents are connected nor that the vandalism of the Ramaz school was motivated by antisemitism, police said.

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