MEDFORD, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) – Swastikas and racial slurs were spray painted in 12 different locations throughout Medford, including all over an elementary school, its playground, and a track.
The spray-painting arrived just in time for little league practices and Holocaust Remembrance Day which was celebrated Sunday and Monday.
The Anti-Defamation League says whoever did this wanted to make sure their message was seen by as many people as possible.
"I don't think it is juveniles when they start talking about the Aryan race, they start talking about white supremacists. I think they were making a statement at a time when people were remembering the Holocaust," Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn said.
Even though Mayor McGlynn thinks the hateful graffiti found over the weekend was not the work of ignorant amateurs, Medford's police chief doesn't agree.
The Anti-Defamation League's Regional Director Robert Trestan is working with the Medford Police Department in their search for suspects. Trestan commented on one of the other phrases, "Crew 28," which was found on several surfaces.
Trestan said the phrase has meaning, one he doesn't think an average teenager would know, but the phrase would have meaning to a hate group.
"Blood and Honour was a racist skinhead group that was started in Britain many years ago. We don't see a lot of Blood and Honour in the United States," Trestan said.
Trestan trains police across the country about what to look for when analyzing graffiti or what he calls "indicators."
According to Trestan, the swastikas were drawn correctly which is not often done by young teenagers.
Trestan has ruled out teens as possible suspects, as well as a highly organized white supremacist group, rather someone in between looking to get a large public reaction out of it.
The Anti-Defamation League is demanding police make the case a top priority and treat it as a criminal matter.
Anyone with information regarding the graffiti is asked to contact the Medford Police Dept. at 781-391-6404.
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