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Lewisboro Elementary Swastika Graffiti Suspects Are Local Students

Lewisboro Elementary School.
Lewisboro Elementary School. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie

SOUTH SALEM, N.Y. -- Three individuals who are accused of painting graffiti that included swastikas onto playground equipment at the shuttered Lewisboro Elementary School are students in the Katonah-Lewisboro School District, according to Superintendent Andrew Selesnick

The superintendent confirmed the suspects' statuses in an email that was sent out to parents on Thursday.

New York State Police announced the arrests of the trio earlier this week, Daily Voice previously reported.

The vandalism was first reported late last month.

Lewisboro Elementary School was closed in 2014 due to declining enrollment in younger grades. Students were transferred to other schools in the district.

A copy of Selesnick's email is below, with italics added for visual differentiation:

Dear KLSD Community,

As you may have seen or heard in recent media reports, the police investigation regarding the graffiti that included swastikas at Lewisboro Elementary School has concluded. On behalf of the District, I extend our appreciation both to the State Police and Lewisboro Police for their swift and effective work.

While the media reported the arrests of three juveniles, we can confirm that the three are students in our schools. We are now working with these students and their families.

As I wrote in my original email on this topic, we will never accept the appearance of symbols of hate in our schools. We will continue to educate all our students on the importance of tolerance, acceptance, and compassion. Behavior that is hurtful to others has no place in our school community.

Some may want to ask what consequences the District provides for students who commit such acts. Specific consequences, however, that are given to individual students remain confidential. The community can be assured that such matters are taken very seriously.

Within the last few days, school principals and I met with local religious leaders to discuss how we can best work together to support the students and the community we collectively serve. We plan to keep these lines of communication open moving forward.

As always, my thanks to our community for your support.

Sincerely,

Andrew Selesnick

Superintendent of Schools

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