Hate Vandalism Spray-Painted at Maryland Elementary School

Someone spray-painted hate vandalism at an elementary school that hosts a Jewish congregation’s weekly services over the weekend, according to Montgomery County Police.

A congregate attending services Sunday discovered images of swastikas on a banner near the Burning Tree Elementary School entrance in the Westlake area of Bethesda, Maryland, about 10 a.m. Sunday.

Assistant Principal Gabby Bellagamba contacted parents Sunday night to inform them of swastikas and other inappropriate images on banners, sidewalks and telephone poles.

Maintenance crews covered up the vandalism by Monday morning, and students reported to class as scheduled.

Bellagamba asked for support from the community.

It was the second case of hate-based vandalism this month in Montgomery County. Someone burned a swastika onto the football field at Quince Orchard High School in Gaithersburg a few weeks ago, police said.

Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for anyone who can help them make an arrest.

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