Police are investigating a second case of “disturbing” anti-Semitic displays of vandalism that have been painted around southeast Calgary schools.
Police spokesperson Kevin Brookwell confirmed at least a dozen or more separate vandalism tags, including anti-Semitic signs and words targeting the Jewish community, were spray-painted on school walls, fences and vehicles in Sundance. “School sucks” and “down with institutions” were also found.
“It’s very upsetting and disturbing, especially for the Jewish community, because that’s twice now they have been targeted,” Brookwell said, adding police don’t believe this incident is connected with the vandalism on Sunday.
The new incidents are believed to have happened between 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday around Sundance Elementary School and Midsun School. Within one hour of finding the vandalism, city Bylaw had cleaned it up.
“These attacks were really all over the place. Some of the words were spelled wrong and symbols were backwards,” Brookwell said.
He added among the hateful vandalism were swastikas and references to harming Jewish citizens, but he couldn’t repeat what exactly was found due to its offensive nature.
Calgary Jewish Centre spokesperson Judy Shapiro wasn’t aware of the exact words, but she said she was upset to hear of a second attack against the Jewish community.
“I’m horrified and I can’t believe that this is happening again. This is really an affront against the whole city,” she said.
“There is no place for that kind of thing.”
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