12-Year-Old Boy Charged With Drawing Dozens of Swastikas in Queens Schoolyard
A 12-year-old boy was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment Wednesday after dozens of chalk-drawn swastikas, a Nazi eagle, and the words “Hail Hitler”(sic) were found in a Queens schoolyard last week, CNN reports. “I am appalled and disgusted by the swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols of hate that were scrawled in a Queens schoolyard,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement before the arrest. The governor had directed the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to assist the New York Police Department in its investigation. The boy has been released to his mother, according to NYPD spokesperson Detective George Tsourovakas. The boy is expected to appear in court at a later date to face the charge.