A swastika and both racist and anti-Semitic graffiti were found on the outside of Ridgefield High School, prompting Principal Stacey Gross to communicate with students, staff and parents emphasizing the school’s inclusive values.
“We discovered two items of graffiti on an outside area, highlighting both anti-Semitic and racist sentiments,” Gross said in a March 29 email. “One item was a swastika. As a reminder, the swastika was a symbol of superiority and power used by Adolf Hitler to legitimize the Holocaust – a genocidal event that resulted in the death of 11 million people, including 6 million people of Jewish ancestry. The other, as I stated, was racially biased. I wish to emphasize that those who create such statements serve to offend all of us in our Ridgefield High School community and this will never be considered acceptable behavior.