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Anti-Semitic message found in Simsbury High bathroom

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Anti-Semitic graffiti caused a stir at a high school in Simsbury.

School officials confirmed to Eyewitness News on Thursday that the graffiti was recently discovered in a bathroom at Simsbury High School.

Officials said over the past few days there have been a few incidents that happened at the high school involving hate speech, specifically swastikas and anti-Semitic statements.

"You've heard a lot of anti-semitic jokes, you've heard a lot of people being mean to kids who are Jewish, because of their faith," said student Alex Wielbbnicki. 

"A lot of people don't like seeing that while walking around the school," said student Anthony Romanelli.

School officials said recently a class was playing a game of Kahoot and someone logged in with a screen name that was a statement against Jewish people.

"I'm very ashamed of my school and I hope this stuff gets cleared up because it's really bringing a bad name to Simsbury by two or three people," Wielbbnicki said.

Superintendent Matthew T. Curtis said is working with police and the school principal to investigate.

"I am deeply troubled by what has happened at Simsbury High, but I also have great confidence in the ability of the administration, the faculty, and the students to move past these incidents and to build an even stronger school culture," Curtis said.

In an announcement to students, Principal Andrew O'Brien said police and administrators were able to identify a student responsible for the incidents that involved disturbing graffiti.

"For reasons of confidentiality, I am not able to provide further details in this public communication, but please know that we are responding to that student’s actions through both serious discipline and mental health supports," O'Brien said. "Everyone in our school community needs to feel the same level of respect and belonging; we will not tolerate the actions or words of those who seek to divide us.”

Eyewitness News was told that the principal has pictures of the message.

A program for 9th grade students will be held on Oct. 14 called "The Truth About Hate."

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