PENN VALLEY - In what one school official described as a terroristic act, a new round of racist graffiti has been found scrawled on bathroom walls in two Lower Merion schools over the last week.
According to police reports, on May 2, someone found two small swastikas drawn on the inside of a bathroom stall at Lower Merion High School.
Two days later, police reported, someone discovered the phrase "Die Jews" written on a bathroom stall at Welsh Valley Middle School in Penn Valley.
Lower Merion police have been called in to investigate both incidents.
Letters were sent out last Friday informing parents about the graffiti that was found written inside Welsh Valley Middle School.
"We consider any threat targeting a specific group in our school community to be a terroristic act," Welsh Valley Principal Deitra E. Spence wrote in the letter.
In recent months, Lower Merion has been plagued with similar incidents targeting people of Jewish or African ancestry.
"As in all other incidences, the police have been notified. Once the individual or individuals have been found they will be punished to the fullest extent," said Douglass Young, district spokesman.
Due to past incidents, the district has also become part of the No Place for Hate program through the Anti-Defamation League and other programs designed to combat intolerance.
Although the schools have implemented programs designed to dissuade students from supporting racist views, officials say there is another aspect that should not be forgotten -- the role of parents and families in the discussion.
"The conversation has to be continued at home and with parents and families," added Young.