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Teen May Face Charges for Graffiti

January 5, 2019
Graffiti on the side of the Pine Glen Elementary School in Burlington. PHoto courtesy Burlington police Sun staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

BURLINGTON -- A local teen may face charges in connection with graffiti originally believed to be poorly drawn swastikas outside an elementary school even though it turns out the graffiti did not portray swastikas.

According to police, the graffiti was found to actually be the controversial symbol of Brooklyn-based hip hop collective Pro Era.

Police said they questioned the 17-year-old suspect, who is from Burlington, on Friday and may bring criminal charges against him.

Police were called to Pine Glen Elementary School Thursday morning to investigate the graffiti, found on a stop sign and the brick facade of the building. Other tags were found on a door and trash bin, according to a press release. Police identified the suspect after reviewing surveillance footage.

The Pro Era logo features the numbers four and seven interwoven over a white circle and red background, and has long been controversial for its resemblance to the Nazi flag, according to police.

Police said the juvenile has previously showed his affinity for Pro Era in social media posts that were reviewed by investigators.

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