Barely a month after at the in Williston Park, the Solomon Schechter Day School was reportedly the victim of anti-Semitic vandalism on the grounds.
According to information from the , sometime during the weekend of Oct. 8-9, an unknown person or persons went onto the northern softball field and “scratched” into the infield dirt a swastika approximately 3 feet in size, inside a circle. An expletive was also written into the dirt near the Nazi symbol. Returning to school on Monday, Oct. 10, faculty found the hate marks and removed them from the field.
Third Precinct officials say that the investigation is ongoing.
The Cross Street School building does have surveillance cameras on its grounds, but it is not known if any cameras cover the ballfield or have a high enough resolution to identify perpetrators from their mountings on the side of the building.
The private Jewish school moved into the building this school year after with the Mineola School District.
Before signing the lease, numerous community members expressed their concerns about , but the school district made accommodations for teams at .
Calls to Solomon Schechter and the Mineola School District requesting comment were not returned.
UPDATE Oct. 17: In a phone call Monday, Schechter Head of School Dr. Cindy Dolgin said that “I really don’t want the act of a couple of bored teenagers to mar what has been a great start to our time in the community. I think that there are alot of adults in the community that are embarrassed by what was probably an ignorant act by a kid.”
She reported that both Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar and Mineola Board of Ed President Christine Napolitano visited the school last Tuesday to speak with students about the incident. According to Dr. Dolgin, about one-third of the Schechter students are descendants of Holocaust survivors.
“In general our reception in the community has been very warm and positive. I have no way of knowing if this was aimed at a student in our school or at us in particular,” Dr. Dolgin said. “We were easily able to make it disappear but we are not able to make disappear what is in people’s hearts.”