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Swastikas Painted On Binghamton Streets And High School Window

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Swastikas appeared on Binghamton city streets and on a window of the high school on Tuesday morning. The symbol was made with white paint on Oak Street, a Main Street sidewalk, and the window of Binghamton High School.

“We are deeply saddened and angered by the vandalism and hate that was discovered at the high school this morning,” said Tonia Thompson, superintendent of Binghamton schools, “The Binghamton City School District does not and will not tolerate hatred, discrimination, or bias of any kind. The police and administration are working together to identify and catch the perpetrators. Our diversity is a strength for our community. We are committed to ensuring that all students are free to learn in a safe and welcoming environment.”

By 10:30am, the symbols had been cleaned from the pavement and building. This act of vandalism comes just ten days after a shooter killed eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue. Both Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar say there is no place for discrimination in Binghamton and the vandalism is under investigation. Both of their statements are below.

Hate, bigotry and anti-Semitism have no place in our community. This was a cowardly act. The Binghamton Police Department is conducting a full investigation to catch those responsible. We’re coordinating with school district officials and reviewing video from both school and City cameras in the area. We will update the public when more information becomes available.

— Rich David, City of Binghamton Mayor

The vandalism found at Binghamton High School is deeply disturbing and horrifying. This is an attack on our entire community. This hatred has no place in Broome County and whoever did it is not welcome here.

— Jason Garnar, Broome County Executive