UPDATE: 1:45 p.m.–Superintendent Smith confirmed that the swastika was found on Tuesday evening, in a third-floor bathroom not widely used. “Principal O’Donnell learned from custodians who have been checking and paying closer attention since the discovery of the first swastika. It was carved into a stall wall.”
According to Smith, the case is being investigated by School Resource Officer Rich Ross. “He will be looking at video footage from cameras in the hallway near the bathroom.”
Asked whether officials could be sure that this latest instance of vandalism hasn’t been something existing for some time–potentially even before the swastika found on the locker on Sept. 8. Smith confirmed that because custodians have been paying specific attention and have a heightened awareness, they were able to determine that the bathroom was free of this particular vandalism prior to discovering it on Tuesday evening. “They are doing a more thorough job of checking, and the perception is that this one is new,” Smith said.
School officials believe that the incident is “slightly different” from the first incident, in that they believe, “no one in particular is being targeted. We don’t want to conjecture about this,” Smith said, adding that setting aside the investigation of who committed this second act, it’s still something they are upset about.
“It’s incredibly disturbing. We are reaching out to the kids and having conversations, and what we are hearing is that it does not represent the community here at all. These are harmful acts and it merits some discussion,” Smith told GOOD Morning Wilton.
According to Smith, they hope that if any students have any information regarding the investigation, “they will talk to a responsible adult with that information.”
Smith said that O’Donnell will be sending home an email to parents today about the second swastika.
As for steps they plan to take to help the students and the school community move forward, Smith said O’Donnell first “wants to reach out to the kids, to generate ideas on what can be done.” He cited using student government to come up with ways the student body can process the events.
As well, he said the social studies teachers will recreating curriculum lessons at an appropriate, grade-level to discuss the meaning of the symbol and the impact it has. Smith added that officials will be reaching out to the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) again to find out how other schools have responded in similar situations.”
BREAKING: 1:30 P.M.– A second swastika has been found at Wilton High School, in a boys’ bathroom.
According to Superintendent Dr. Kevin Smith, it was discovered in a bathroom on the third floor, and is a bathroom that is “not widely trafficked.” It was discovered Tuesday evening, Sept. 23 and an announcement was made to students Friday afternoon. A letter is being sent home by email to parents Friday.
Police are investigating.
We’ll have more updates shortly…