Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sandy Springs, GA - Another Swastika Painted Near Jewish School

Sandy Springs, GA - A second incident of vandalism involving an anti-Semitic symbol has been reported near The Epstein School, a Jewish day school in Sandy Springs.

The swastika was found painted on a stop sign at the intersection of Bridgewood Valley Road and Colewood Way.Last month, a swastika was found painted on a speed hump on a road near the school.

Sandy Springs Police Department announced Tuesday that it will double the $2,500 reward donated by surrounding neighborhoods for the arrest and conviction of the responsible party.

The school is pursuing an expansion, which has prompted a neighborhood debate. Head of School Stan Beiner rejected the idea that the incidents were related to Epstein’s proposed expansion.
“People have differences of opinion all the time. This has nothing to do with it. It has to do with somebody using a hateful symbol,” he said.“This is really about what happens when somebody starts using hate symbols to express themselves.”

Beiner said the neighborhood and police response “speaks volumes” about the community. “We feel like the community is taking it seriously.”

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