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Northampton officials investigating spray-painted swastikas

January 23, 2015

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — Officials say they’re questioning two teenage girls who allegedly spray-painted swastikas on a car and a tree in Northampton earlier this week.

Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said the city is taking the incident seriously and police are conducting a full investigation.

MassLive.com reports (http://bit.ly/1CvsRjw ) that the swastika and the word “Jews” were discovered Monday. It says authorities later questioned two girls aged 14 and 15 who, police say, stated they wanted to do something “shocking.”

Narkewicz issued a statement Thursday saying Northampton is committed to diversity and tolerance, and condemning any vandalism involving “historically and emotionally charged symbols of hatred such as the swastika.”

The mayor called the crime “an affront to all members of our community.”


Information from: MassLive, http://www.masslive.com

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