I hate hate. Nazis are really stupid. Drawing a swastika on a Jewish teacher’s desk is hateful and criminal.
But a felony?
Andover officials: Swastikas at school were felony hate crime
Andover police are investigating the discovery of three swastikas found drawn on a classroom desk at the town’s high school yesterday just hours before the the start of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah. Because the drawings were found in the classroom of a Jewish teacher, town officials are treating the incident as a felony hate crime.
“The moment we write these acts of intolerance and hatred of as mere ignorance we are admitting that we must live with hate in our community,” Town Manager Andrew Flanagan said in a statement.
“Our community is much stronger than that. We are a vibrant, tolerant, welcoming community,” he said, “and we will not allow hate speech or hate crimes to pervade in our schools, or anywhere else.”
The students should be found and punished. But we used to reserve felonies for violent crimes, or those exceeding some monetary limit. I feel badly for the teacher, and hope some reasonable punishment can be found, as soon as the vandals are located.