ELSIE MCKENDRY/SAGAMORE STAFF
Only 99 days after the last discovery, another swastika was found at the high school.
Members of the girls novice crew team discovered the swastika drawn on a whiteboard in the basement of the Schluntz Gymnasium, next to the girls locker room, on the afternoon of Friday, Jan. 14. Girls novice crew coach Chelsea Foster promptly erased the anti-Semitic symbol and alerted girls varsity crew coach Brian DeDominici.
Head of School Anthony Meyer informed the community of the incident and welcomed information regarding the symbol in an email on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 15.
“An incident like this both frustrates me because of its direct and indirect impacts on students, staff and our sense of community and needs to be treated as an opportunity to support and learn with one another,” Meyer wrote.
Freshman Sita Hug, member of the girls novice crew team, was one of the first students to spot the symbol when it was found during practice. She said while it was upsetting to find the symbol, it was not surprising.
“I was shocked that someone from our community would do this, but I’ve heard about other incidents like this around the school. It’s certainly unexpected, but disappointing that it’s not new,” Hug said.
According to Ella Lyons, a freshman on the girls novice crew team, she never expected to witness something like this at the high school.
“I wouldn’t describe my impression of the situation as scary so much as the fact that it’s very upsetting in general to see that a student either supports the symbol and all it represents or considers it to be a funny and harmless joke,” Lyons said.
Freshman Naomi Durbin on the girls novice crew team said the symbol’s creator was likely attempting to disrupt the school’s environment.
“I feel like it’s probably someone seeking attention or someone who sees it as a funny joke, but it’s still a hate symbol and not something anyone should have to see at their high school—or anywhere,” Durbin said.
According to Durbin, she is concerned that the symbol’s creator got the notice from the high school community that they wished for.
“I worry that we’re giving the individual or individuals the attention they want, but I can’t think of a better way to deal with the situation,” Durbin said.
Hug said she hopes this unfortunate experience will lead the high school to becoming a safer community.
“It is scary to know that there are people who support this in our school and classes,” Hug said. “I’m devastated that things like this continue to happen in our school and hope we take measures to educate our community and work together to become better.