Swastika Display Found at Folsom High School

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FOLSOM --

A large swastika found at Folsom High School over Labor Day weekend has residents asking questions.

Pictures taken by a parent and posted to Facebook show 50-pound metal road barriers removed and set in the grass, in the shape of a swastika. The display was just feet away from classrooms.

"It's not illustrative of the character of our school communities" Folsom Cordova Unified School District Spokesperson Dan Thigpen told FOX40 Tuesday, adding that the metal barriers were removed by a Folsom police officer prior to school resuming Tuesday.

"Right now, we don't have any evidence of who may be responsible, or, if anyone in our school communities, students of staff, were a target" Thigpen told FOX40 Tuesday, adding that the school has security cameras, but none of them face the vandalism.

Without a target or intent, it's not a hate crime. Instead, Folsom police say the person or persons, if caught, would be charged with vandalism.

Regardless, Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum with Folsom Chabad says the incident should serve as a learning experience.

"Their behavior is not just childish, or silly. That symbol represents the murder of 20 million people" Grossbaum told FOX40, adding that he would love to introduce any suspect to members of the Jewish community.

"They shouldn't be punished. They should be taught that the world is not a jungle where you can do whatever you want," he said.

Thigpen says a student could face suspension or expulsion.

Pending an investigation at the Folsom Police Department, the person or persons responsible could be charged with a hate crime, or vandalism. Anyone with information is urged to call the Folsom Police Department.

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