SEARCHING FOR VANDALS. “EYEWITNESS NEWS” REPORTER JOE HOLDEN HAS THE STORE FRIDAY HAVERTOWN. THERE HAVE BEEN THREE SWASTIKA IN DELAWARE COUNTY OVER LAST FEW WEEKS, TWO HERE’S IN HAVERTOWN, AND ONE ON SWARTHMORE COLLEGE’S CAMPUS. THE QUESTION IS, IS THIS THE WORK OF AN INDIVIDUAL TARGETING PEOPLE, OR IS THIS A COPYCAT. I HEARD IT ABOUT IT, THE RUMOR. REPORTER: WORD THAT SWASTIKA HAD BEEN DRAWN IN THE HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP TENNIS COURT NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO WAS MOSTLY KEPT UNDER WRAPS UNTIL LATE NEXT WEEK. IT IS UNACCEPTABLE. REPORTER: SPOKESWOMAN FOR HALF FOUND TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT SAYS THEY ARE LEAVING IT UP TO POLICE BUT THEY DON’T BELIEVE HAVERFORD STUDENT WAS INVOLVED. THE SYMBOL HAD BEEN WRITTEN WITH CHALK, SCHOOL WAS ABLE TO ERASE AND STUDENTS SAY THAT THE TENNIS COURT USED BY BOTH MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL WERE RE-SURFACED. TO ME I FEEL LIKE IT IS SOMEONE MESSING AROUND BUT FIT IS SOME ONE TRYING TO TO THAT THEY SHOULD BE PUNISHED FOR IT. REPORTER: THIS IS SECOND TIME IN AS MANY WEEKS SYMBOL OF HATE HAD SURFACED IN THE DELAWARE COUNTY TOWNSHIP. HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP POLICE CONFIRMED THEIR INVESTIGATION, REMAINS ACTIVE INTO BOTH INCIDENTS INCLUDING REPORT FROM LAST MONTH. WHERE A SWASTIKA WAS PAINTED ON A HOME OWNER’S TRASH CAN. THAT DREW INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION WHEN THE SWASTIKA WAS TRANSFORMED, INTO ARTWORK. ANYONE, OF A SWASTIKA OR ANY OTHER HATE SYMBOL IS ONE TOO MANY. REPORTER: NANCY BARON BEAR IS REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF PHILADELPHIA’S ANTI DEFAMATION LEAGUE. SHE TELLS ME HER OFFICE HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH SCHOOL AND TOWNSHIP OFFICIALS. SHE CAUTIONED AGAINST JUMPING TO THE CONCLUSION, THAT SECOND SWASTIKA COULD BE SIMPLY THE WORK OF A COPYCAT. YES, I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD ASSUME EVER THAT ANOTHER INSTANCE OF DRAWING A SWASTIKA IS SIMPLY A COPYCAT. REPORTER: ANTI DEFAMATION LEAGUE RECOMMEND IF YOU COME ACROSS A SYMBOL OF HATE THEY RECOMMEND TAKING A PICTURE OF IT AND THEN SUPPORTING IT.

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