Council Rock Superintendent: Post-election vandalism, harassment will not be tolerated

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

NEWTOWN, Pa. (WPVI) -- The Superintendent of the Council Rock School District in Bucks County says the district has experienced acts of vandalism and harassment in the aftermath of the presidential election.

In a letter sent to parents Thursday, Dr. Robert J. Fraser cites a number of incidents that took place at Council Rock North High School in Newtown.

Fraser says someone drew three swastikas, wrote a derogatory comment about people who are gay, along with the words "I Love Trump," on a paper found hanging in the girls' restroom.

In another girls' restroom, Fraser says someone wrote, "If Trump wins, watch out!" directly onto a toilet paper dispenser.

In a boys' restroom, two swastikas were reportedly drawn directly onto a restroom stall.

Fraser says a Latina student found that a note had been placed in her backpack telling her to return to Mexico.

There is a related report of inappropriate comments being made to Latino students as well, Fraser says.

"I cannot emphasize strongly enough how inappropriate these actions are and that they simply will not be tolerated. These incidents have been reported to the Newtown Township Police Department and an investigation is being conducted by both the police department and the school district," Fraser says.

Fraser says by writing the message to parents he hopes they can stop further incidents from occurring.

"We are better than this, and ours is a community that must be based upon a mutual respect for ALL people, and ALL of Council Rock. I regret needing to write this message, and I do want to emphasize that these actions are likely the responsibility of a very small number of individuals whose actions should not damage the reputation of the larger group," Fraser says.