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Georgia Cobb County School Board investigates after swastikas and anti-Semitic message painted in high school toilet

On Thursday there were two swastikas and ‘Hail [sic] Hitler graffiti found on the wall of Alan C. Pope High School in Marietta.

A Cobb County District spokesperson called the incident “unacceptable” in a statement to CNN. “The principal has engaged with community groups that have been affected by this student behavior, and all applicable district policies and laws will be enforced,” the statement said.

The Cobb County Police Department told CNN it was not investigating the incident because it was picked up by the school board. CNN has contacted schools in Cobb County for comment on the investigation, but has not received a response.

“The students and parents were rightly scared and concerned about what was going on,” said Rabbi Larry Sernovitz of the Kol Emeth Temple, which serves around 400 families in the community. He learned of the incident from a member of his congregation whose child is a student at school.

Sernovitz says he and six other rabbis are working together to address concerns about recent anti-Semitic incidents.

“There were a lot of families and students who told similar stories, not just at Pope High School but across the district,” he told CNN.

Sernovitz added, “We have received incredible support from all over the region, from faith communities, from churches, from the Islamic Speakers Bureau, from everywhere saying, ‘We are with you. “”

The South Division of the Anti-Defamation League contacted the school district on Friday to urge a transparent investigation. On Monday, the ADL said it had not received a response from the district.
Rosh Hashanah, which marks the Jewish New Year, began on September 6 and ushered in 10 days of repentance, also known as Days of Awe. They lead to Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, which this year is Wednesday.
The Cobb School Board of Education released a statement saying that out of respect for Yom Kippur, it was postponing its September meeting scheduled for this week.

“We recognize that Yom Kippur is vitally important to members of our Jewish community and have decided to postpone our regular meeting to ensure that as many members of our community as possible can attend,” the statement said.

Alan C. Pope High School is located approximately 30 miles north of Atlanta. The school is part of the Cobb County School District, the second largest school system in the state.

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