Anti-Semitic messages, drawings found at another Cobb high school

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — For the second time in a week, anti-Semitic graffiti was found at a Cobb County high school just days before Yom Kippur holiday.

Lassiter High School principal Dr. Chris Richie wrote in a letter to parents that someone had drawn swastikas and wrote “Heil Hitler” in two bathrooms.

“I am both angered and saddened by the appearance of symbols and words of hatred in our school and community. I do think it is important to first let parents know what occurred, to name it, and to let our students know that we condemn it. We are reviewing video footage, we are talking to kids, and our campus officer has filed a report,” Richie wrote.

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The high school increased its supervision around its restrooms after the same anti-Semitic messages were found at Pope High School. Despite hourly checks, the graffiti was found.

Dear Lassiter Families, I wanted to take a minute to alert you to some recent events in our school. As we became aware...

Posted by Lassiter High School PTSA on Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Richie said it remains an active investigation and urged parents to speak with their children to see if they know anything.

“For these disgusting acts to stop, we must all come together as a school and a community to commit that Lassiter High School will be a safe, respectful environment for all students, faculty, and staff. We must work together to teach our students to be better. Thank you for partnering with us and discussing this with your children,” he wrote.

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Jewish leaders previously demanded action after anti-Semitic graffiti was found at Pope High School during the week of the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

“Heil Hitler is a sign in Nazi Germany that it was time to exterminate the Jews,” Rabbi Larry Sernovitz told Channel 2′s Chris Jose. “There needs to be some sensitivity training. We need to help them understand why this was wrong, because even it was students who didn’t understand the gravity of it, they learned it from somewhere.”

Leaders have sent requests to the Cobb County School Board to speak at next week’s Sept. 23 board meeting.

The original meeting was scheduled for Thursday but officials postponed it in observance of Yom Kippur.