York Regional Police continue to search for witnesses after hate-motivated graffiti that contained anti-Semitic and anti-Black messages and images were found on an outside wall at St. Paul Catholic Elementary School in Newmarket.
“As a school community, this kind of hate-motivated crime is unacceptable and will not be tolerated,” the York Catholic District School Board, (YCDSB) says in a statement released after school officials contacted police regarding the graffiti on Monday, Jan. 27 shortly before 7 a.m.
Cleaning crews were onsite at the school, located at 140 William Roe Blvd., that day to remove the graffiti. “YCDSB feels strongly that any belief that excludes or denigrates others must be challenged, and we strive to build welcoming, safe and inclusive communities,” the statement continues.
YRP, meanwhile, issued a statement that warns “those who victimize individuals based on race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or mental or physical disability will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Anyone with information or anyone with dashcam or video surveillance footage in that area is urged to contact the YRP Hate Crime Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7141. Or, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.