A Port Washington student found a swastika drawn on the wall in a boys bathroom at Paul D. Schreiber High School, Superintendent Kathleen Mooney said in a statement on the school district’s website.
The bathroom was closed immediately and the wall was cleaned, Mooney said.
“This type of behavior is completely unacceptable, does not represent who we are as a school district or a community, and will not be tolerated,” Mooney said in the statement. “We commend the student, who acted appropriately by reporting this isolated incident, and we will begin an investigation to determine who was responsible.”
A Schreiber student posted a picture of the drawing on Facebook, saying “This is not 1930’s Nazi Germany, this is the men’s bathroom in Schreiber High School circa 2016”
“A swastika is not a joke, and I’m not going to waste my time explaining why this is the case,” the student said in the post. “I don’t care if our bathrooms are closed down in school because of this, a swastika in my school is even more sickening to me than a long line for a urinal. I truly pity you”
Mooney said once the investigation into the drawing is complete, the school will take the appropriate disciplinary action.
“As a school district, we have and always will provide a nurturing and supportive environment free of prejudice, where we teach our students to be both tolerant and respectful toward others,” Mooney said.