A letter was sent home to students and parents Friday after swastikas were found drawn on the walls of a Montgomery County middle school.

The letter states that one of the boys' bathrooms at Westland Middle school was vandalized with multiple images of swastikas drawn in ink pen, pencil and a glue stick.

According to the school, the graffiti has since been removed.

Officials said they are “very saddened by this incident” and that this “type of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Read the full letter below:

Dear Students, Parents and Guardians,

I want to share with you information about an event that took place at Westland. I am sending you this letter to give you the facts and to assure you that we are addressing this incident.

One of our boys’ bathrooms was vandalized with multiple images of swastikas drawn in ink pen, in pencil and with glue stick.

Once we were informed about the images we immediately secured the location, contacted the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) and contacted the Montgomery County Public Schools office of school support and improvement. After appropriate documentation by our staff and by the police our building services staff removed the vandalism.

We are very saddened by this incident. This type of behavior will not be tolerated. Once the culprit(s) are identified, consequences will be administered in accordance with the MCPS Student Code of Conduct.

We will continue to work closely with police, as well as MCPS security, on this investigation. If you have further questions, please call the school at 301.320.6515.


Alison L. Serino