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Anti-semitic vandalism in Riverdale

School works with NYPD to catch criminal


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IN RIVERDALE "Jew" spray painted on local house

Sadie Schwartz, Staff Writer

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Just a block away from school, one to three criminals spray-painted the word “Jew” on the door of a house on 246th and Waldo Ave between 10 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m. on Sunday.  With the help of the school, the NYPD apprehended one of the criminals, but the incident has aroused concern from members of our school and the Riverdale community.

Director of Security and former member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) Michael McCaw and Security Supervisor Rafael Maman spent six hours on Sunday reviewing the camera footage from Saturday night.

“We saw three people spray-painting the street with the same color paint that was used on the house, so we were able to identify three individuals who could possibly be connected to this crime,” McCaw said. “We supplied the NYPD with the film footage, and now their job was to knock on houses and speak to residents to know if they saw anyone.”

On Thursday, the NYPD used the school’s camera coverage to identify one of the criminals: a 16-year-old male.

“We should still be hyper-vigilant, but we shouldn’t make the person feel like they actually hurt or scared someone because that’s how they want people to react,” Riverdale resident Isabela Watson (12) said.

To Abigail Salzhauer (10), the incident was a major reality check. “At first, I didn’t believe it. The Jews in my community take it for granted that we don’t experience anti-Semitism, but we rarely think about the fact that there is anti-Semitism all over the world,” she said.

As a child of a German refugee from the Holocaust, Lynn Goldner P ’18 P‘20 hoped America had come further than this, she said.

“What I said to my kids is that we have to be aware that these types of activities are happening more in the current political climate, and we have to fight it through peaceful means, intellect, and strong-will,” Goldner said.

“As a community, we should react with disappointment and disgust while making it clear to all who will listen that this type of behavior will not be tolerated,” Head of School Dr. Tom Kelly said.

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