Police: Swastikas Carved on to Rye School District Vehicles

Rye High School was vandalized sometime Monday night or early Tuesday morning, according to police reports.

OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY -- Vandals attacked a local high school Monday night, leaving swastikas carved into school-owned vehicles, according to a police report. The vandals also broke several windows and a door. 

There are no witnesses or suspects as of Wednesday evening, according to Rye city police Commissioner William Connors. Police responded to the incident around 7 a.m. Tuesday morning, when a Rye High School employee reported the damage.  The damage included:

  • Broken glass at the side entrance of the auxiliary gym
  • Two small windows in the music room smashed by  a stone
  • All the windows to the classroom trailers on the Milton Road side of the school were smashed with a large stone
  • Three school-owned vehicles parked on the other side of the building were vandalized
  • Swastikas were drawn on the windshields of the vehicles and one vehicle’s windshield was smashed

Detectives Jake Chittenden and John Wood were notified and responded to the scene. The school employee who called the police told officers that on Sunday, someone had removed the Rye High School flag from the school’s flagpole and replaced it with a Harrison High School flag.

On Saturday, Harrison police received a report that a Harrison flag had been removed from a resident’s property and was later “potentially” found inside of Rye High School, according to Harrison Police Chief Anthony Marraccini.

There is no evidence that Tuesday morning’s vandalism was tied to a Rye/Harrison rivalry, however, police noted the rivalry in their report.

Rye City School District posted this announcement on its website on Wednesday, Jan. 23:

Areas of the Rye High School campus were vandalized over the weekend. The portable classroom windows were broken and anti-Semitic symbols were carved into the District trucks. The District contacted the Rye Police immediately upon discovering that this had occurred and the matter is being investigated. The District is appalled at this disturbing act, which is certainly NOT acceptable in or reflective of the Rye community.


tedc January 24, 2013 at 03:32 PM
(In a darkened control room, sometime in the very near future) Director: “Cameras 2 and 3?” Cameras: “Ready – Ready.” Director: “JIB Camera set for pull?” JIB Camera: “Ready.” Director: “Ok everybody here we go. Video?” Video: “We have speed.” Director: “Roll Open – Music Up – Announcer!” Announcer: “In this week’s JUSTICE WITH JUDGE RICHARD, we’ll explore sorely needed media restriction reforms to the antiquated 1st Amendment – have our round table panel consider why the public should not be concerned at all about what happens behind closed government doors, and show you the exciting new things we discovered during our own recent visit to The Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. All that and our smear tip of the week – it’s about Nazi’s - so don’t miss it!” Director: “Dissolve! Take JIB Camera. JIB In. Judge!” Judge Richard: “Good evening. Tonight..” See time code 3:58 – 15:50 http://ryeny.swagit.com/play/01232013-790/#4
Don Sutherland January 24, 2013 at 07:01 PM
The above response has nothing whatsoever to do with the vandalism and anti-Semitic graffiti reported in the story. It is unfortunate that such a serious matter was exploited for a cheap political attack.
Barbara Winters January 25, 2013 at 01:03 PM
Obama loves this because we are becoming a more Hitler like country every day.
Cindy Halpern January 25, 2013 at 01:15 PM
If the vandals are caught and found to be teenagers, their parents should be ordered to take a trip with them to Auschwitz.
Aidan January 25, 2013 at 01:42 PM
We all know what's gonna happen. Everyone in Rye HS and Harrison HS will undergo sensitivity training. Classes will be interrupted, eggheads will be hired at enormous expense. They'll have assemblies and workshops ... with guest speakers who will numb the kids. Then they'll be a special printed communique to the communities showing how responsive they've been. That's the tune. Two districts will been turned upside down because a handful of jerks stepped over the line ... but every student will have their days re-arranged. Find these dopes and punish 'em to the max. They're the cretins ... not the other several hundred kids who have intact morals and values. Make an example of the clods ... and spare the good kids from the community mea culpa.
al schroeder January 25, 2013 at 02:01 PM
"vandals" have been trying to get a rise out of adults for years with various graffiti. If the Nazi symbol still accomplishes that, so be it. Most people no longer take it personally.
Gilbert R Albright Jr January 25, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Typical hateful acts by the children of Fox News watchers. The Parents indoctrinate their children with the hateful Right Wing propaganda they get from watching Fox News and other Conservative media sources. Hatred of Jews does not originate from Liberal sources it lives in the minds of Conservatives and is spread by them.
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Gilbert R Albright Jr January 25, 2013 at 03:22 PM
DUH! Hitler was a Conservative like YOU!
Aidan January 25, 2013 at 03:35 PM
What a moron statement.
Libby Skye January 25, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I'm quite certain there are anti-semites on both sides of the political spectrum. I feel that the perpetrators should be made to pay for the damage to the properties and stand on the corner of school block wearing signs that read "My parents never taught me that it is wrong/illegal to vandalize someone else's property." The only thing though, I bet the liberals would cry and say you can't make a child be humiliated like that, its cruel and unusual punishment.
tedc January 25, 2013 at 03:53 PM
"The above response has nothing whatsoever to do with the vandalism and anti-semitic graffiti.." They don't Don? You're sure of that Don? How? And did you see how that lady who wanted to confront Mr. Filippi directly after his "statement" was shut down, told to wait her turn and when she was finally allowed to speak what Don did she say to the Rye City Council? Want me to post the video link and time codes?
Circustwo January 25, 2013 at 04:16 PM
One or a few people can change the way hundreds or millions of people think or act. Our human rece is a joke
hypocrite January 25, 2013 at 04:43 PM
...so you are judging a whole bunch of apples by a few rotten ones? change races if you don't like the one you belong to.
RyeMom January 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM
I find these acts to be disgusting. The entire community should be ashamed that this happened here. If teenagers are responsible for this revolting vandalism, we must look to their parents who are clearly breeding racist children in their own homes. You can't blame politics, or television- you should look to their mothers and fathers first. If anyone should wear a giant sign stating that they raised their children to believe in hatred and violating the bill of rights while they parade up and down Purchase Street for hours, it should be their parents! You don't develop feeling of hatred for an entire religion or race unless you were brought up to believe that. Hatred is not innate, it is learned. I hope that these vandals are caught and that their parents are held accountable as well. Along with monetary punishments and community service they should be expelled from school. Let their whole family share the shame that our community feels as a result of their revolting behavior.
Rob Hackstetter January 25, 2013 at 11:56 PM
does Morton Downey Jr have kids in Rye city NY?
Adam January 26, 2013 at 01:09 AM
Babs, forget your meds again, sweetie? It is NOT the Dems who are the nazis. We won the election. We are coming for the teabillys come 2014. SWALLOW THAT BITTER PIL,L you silly woman. It is the teabagger, teabilly, necons who are the nazis. You small minded,unfortunate, uninformed, fox news watchinging, silly girl.
Adam January 26, 2013 at 01:11 AM
WHAT? Probably the most ignorant post I've ever read!
mike January 26, 2013 at 04:56 AM
They were probably making a statement about living in a near NAZI like city, ran by a nut that thinks he is a dictator like Hitler


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