NEW ROCHELLE, NY — New Rochelle Police were once again called to Albert Leonard Middle School after more swastikas were found at the school.
“Two swastikas were discovered drawn on textbook,” said New Rochelle Police Captain Cosmo Costa. The incident occurred on Thursday, April 4th.
“A student reported to the Vice Principal that two swastikas had been drawn onto the back cover of a textbook in pencil,” said Costa. The Interim Assistant Principal at ALMS is Daniel Goldberg.
The incident marks the 12th swastika reported at New Rochelle schools since November 2018. Three were reported at New Rochelle High School, one at Isaac E. Young Middle School and eight at Albert Leonard Middle School.
The District has issued several false and misleading public statements on the prevalence of swastikas in the schools. In one case, when two swastikas were discovered at the high school in November, Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey put out a statement that only one was found despite a police report documenting that two were found. In March, ALMS Principal John Barnes put out a statement that one swastika was found in a bathroom but told police that two swastikas were found.
Last month the District announced a policy that they would not longer disclose the discovery of swastikas at New Rochelle Schools. Of the 12 swastikas reported by Talk of the Sound, 11 have been reported by school officials to the police but just 5 have been disclosed by the District.