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Two schools targeted with vandalism, anti-Semitic graffiti

George Washington High School and the Denver Academy of Torah were targeted between late Sunday and Monday morning.

DENVER — The Denver Police Department (DPD)'s bias-motivated crime unit on Monday was investigating vandalism and graffiti at George Washington High School and the Denver Academy of Torah.

George Washington High School, located at 655 S. Monaco Pkwy., was targeted sometime between late Sunday and Monday morning, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The graffiti included anti-Semitic comments, swastikas, homophobic statements and racist comments, according to ADL. The graffiti appeared to be cleaned up by Monday afternoon.

JEWISHcolorado, which runs a student club at the school called Jewish Student Connection, said they spoke with school leadership and met Monday afternoon with leaders of several student affinity groups to support their planning of student gatherings at the school on Tuesday.

The Denver Academy of Torah, located at 6825 E. Alameda Ave., was also targeted late Sunday. The vandal threw rocks through windows and damaged an electrical box, according to DPD.

The vandal also allegedly shouted an anti-Semitic slur at a neighbor who confronted them, according to ADL, which cited DPD and community reports.

The two schools are about a mile apart.

ADL released the following statement:

It is deeply disturbing that a Jewish school and a public high school were targeted with vandalism and hateful graffiti overnight in Denver. We extend our support to the students, teachers and staff at both schools. We recognize that the impact of these incidents extends beyond the school communities to the wider community. This type of hateful behavior will not be tolerated in our community. All students, whether they attend a religious school or a public school, deserve to learn in an environment free of intimidation and intolerance.

Anyone with information about either crime can contact Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or metrodenvercrimestoppers.com.

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