Engel Statement on Swastikas Found at Pelham Middle School

Engel Statement on Swastikas Found at Pelham Middle School


Congressman Eliot L. Engel issued the following statement:


“Earlier this week, three swastikas were discovered at a middle school in my district, in Pelham, New York. The appearance of this despicable symbol is yet another example of the rising tide of anti-Semitism in our country.


“Children in school should never be subjected to hate, racism, or intolerance of any kind.  All of us in the public space have a moral responsibility to make sure our words and actions are combatting this hate, not fueling the fire. I’m appalled that the President of the United States regularly extols intolerance and anti-Semitism, emboldening others to do the same.  We cannot let this behavior and rhetoric be normalized—we must fight anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, xenophobia and racism of any kind wherever it rears its ugly head.


“I commend Pelham Superintendent of Schools Cheryl H. Champ and Pelham Middle School Principal Lynn M. Sabia for their swift and thorough response—they promptly reported the incident to the police, gathered the school community to discuss the meaning of this deeply disturbing symbol, and focused on Holocaust education into their curriculum. As a member of Congress and a Chair of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Anti-Semitism, I’ll be continuing the work in DC to fight the scourge of anti-Semitism and intolerance.”