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Swastika painted on rock at Orono High School

The rock was repainted "within minutes," the superintendent said.

A Swastika was briefly painted on a boulder in front of Orono High School on Friday, according to an email to parents and staff from the district superintendent. 

"Last Friday night, Orono Schools district administrators were made aware of an incident at Orono High School in which a Swastika was painted on the rock in front of the school. The rock was repainted within minutes of the incident," Superintendent Karen Orcutt said in the May 10 email. 

"We took this news extremely seriously and took immediate action," Orcutt added. "We are deeply saddened by this event and the pain it is causing our students and staff."

The district said it would not share any other details about the incident that could identify the "student or students" involved nor would it share any details about disciplinary actions that were taken. 

Orcutt said she sent the email to reiterate the district "unequivocally condemns any actions, words, images or symbols that convey hate and put the safety of our students, staff and community at risk" and any actions that counter the district's values of inclusion "will not be tolerated."

"I call on everyone to please join together. These difficult times call for community unity and support for all children of Orono Schools," Orcutt said. 

Bring Me The News has reached out to Orono Public Schools for further comment. 

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