Swastika found in PMHS stairwell


A swastika was found at Pelham Memorial High School “scratched into the top of a stairwell” in an area not frequently used by students or staff, Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ said Monday evening in an email sent to parents.

The swastika has been removed by staff, the email said. A report was made to the police, and the district started its own “full investigation.”

“Because of the size and location of the swastika, it is not clear whether it had been scratched recently or at some point in the past,” the email said. “Regardless, I want to state unequivocally that symbols of antisemitism and acts of hate in any form have no place in our schools. Anyone determined to be responsible for this act or any future acts of bias or hate will face consequences under the district’s code of conduct.”

In October 2019,  two swastikas were found in the boys bathroom in the seventh grade hallway and another in the boys locker room of Pelham Middle School.