Swastika graffiti found at elementary school in Edina

A juvenile admitted to the vandalism and will not be charged.

Criminal charges will not be filed against a juvenile suspect who admitted to Edina Police Department to spray-painting a swastika and other symbols at a elementary school in Edina over the weekend. 

The graffiti was found on a shed outside of Concord Elementary School, located at 5900 Concord Ave. 

Along with the swastika, the letters "TOE" and a phallic symbol were painted on the building. 

Surveillance video led police to a juvenile suspect, who was interviewed on Tuesday and admitted to the vandalism. Because there was no permanent damage, criminal charges are not being sought. 

“Swastika are offensive and not condoned in our community,” said City Manager Scott Neal in a release. “Incidents such as this do not reflect the sentiments of the community. We must continue to work together to make Edina welcoming for all.”

Edina Superintendent John Schultz wrote the following in an email to school families: "When an act of hatred occurs anywhere in Edina, it affects our entire community. We in Edina Public Schools are committed to creating a school culture where all feel welcome and respected."

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It's the latest incident of racist or antisemitic graffiti at Twin Cities schools, with racist language found drawn on the side of a Wayzata High School building just last week.

This past August, a Swastika and antisemitic language was found on the side of Lake Harriet Community School's Upper Campus.

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