BEDFORD -- Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti found at two schools this year and an incident in which anti-Semitic comments were made to a student at an elementary school, according to reports.
Swastikas were found in bathroom stalls at Bedford High School, and an anti-Semitic phrase at an elementary school, MyFoxBoston.com reported. In another incident, elementary school students played a game in which Jews were being targeted and "jailed" by Christians, the Boston Globe reported.
"Obviously, anything like that that happens not just in your own community but anywhere in society causes a lot of dismay and frustration," Selectman Michael Rosenberg said Thursday.
Rosenberg, who called the graffiti "very disturbing," said he chose to focus on the overwhelming response from the community against the actions. He also spoke of issues in society in general that lead to young children being influenced somehow into saying anti-Semitic things.
"There's a lot of work to do," Rosenberg said of better relations among people of different religions.
A community forum is scheduled for next Thursday for the public to talk about the incidents.
Schools Superintendent Jon Sills wrote to parents earlier this week.
"I believe that the broader the response, the less likely the perpetrators of hate speech will feel that their behavior is permissible, and that Bedford's proud claim of being a community that refuses to tolerate hate will be imbued with renewed meaning," Sills wrote, according to the Globe.
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