12-year-old arrested for drawing dozens of swastikas on Queens school playground
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12-year-old arrested for drawing dozens of swastikas on Queens school playground

Youth charged with aggravated harassment for anti-Semitic writing, which included the phrases ‘Heil Hitler’ and ‘no Jews allowed’

Swastikas found drawn on an elementary school playground in Queens, New York, February 22, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)
Swastikas found drawn on an elementary school playground in Queens, New York, February 22, 2019. (YouTube screenshot)

JTA — A 12-year-old boy was arrested for drawing dozens of swastikas and anti-Semitic messages on a school playground in New York City.

The boy was charged on Wednesday with aggravated harassment for the symbols and messages including “Heil Hitler” and “No Jews allowed,” according to reports.

He was released by police to the custody of his mother and will appear in court at a later date. The boy’s name was not released.

The chalk drawings at PS 139 in Rego Park, in the borough of Queens, were discovered by the custodian on Friday, according to reports. School was not in session, but the playground was open to the public.

“Truly unbelievable. I am shocked that a 12-year-old committed this crime. It’s completely unacceptable and has no place in our society,” Council Member Karen Koslowitz tweeted Wednesday night.

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