Teacher finds swastika drawn in Brookline classroom

BROOKLINE, MASS. (WHDH) - Brookline Officials are searching for the person who drew a swastika on a chalkboard in a middle school classroom.

After the school day on Wednesday, the Lincoln Elementary School principal responded to reports of a hateful symbol in a classroom and found a swastika drawn on a chalkboard, according to a statement by Brookline Superintendent Andrew Bott.

Bott says the act was not a target of the teacher in the classroom, and that the teacher addressed the class about the drawing.

In his statement, Bott says, “This type of incidents is reflective of a disturbing normalization of hate speech and symbols, but this speech and these symbols are not reflective of who we are as a community in the Public Schools of Brookline.”

On Friday, children will partake in writing messages of “peace, inclusion and tolerance,” according to Bott, who says the district also had planned efforts prior to the incident to teach students about respect and inclusion.

Lincoln Elementary School is located at 19 Kennard Road in Brookline.

The drawing is being investigated.

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