Swastikas Spray-painted at Maryland Elementary School

Witness claims two white boys committed the act of vandalism as police inform Jewish community leaders of the incident.

A swastika painted on exercise equipment near an elementary school in Rockville, Maryland.
Montgomery County Police

Swastikas were spray-painted at a park and an elementary school in Rockville, Maryland.

The swastikas were discovered on Sunday, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

A witness said he saw two white boys spray-painting the swastikas, according to the Post.

Montgomery County police told the newspaper they contacted the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington and the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington about the incident.

“Even though some people think it’s just offensive graffiti, you must understand it really offends community members deeply,” Ron Halber, the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council, told The Washington Post. “It’s not just a matter of getting over it.”

Rockville is the center of the Washington DC metropolitan area’s Jewish population. It is home to a Jewish community center, a Jewish nursing home, a Jewish day school, synagogues and kosher restaurants.