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Swastika found in bathroom of Montgomery County high school

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A swastika was found Thursday afternoon at a high school in Montgomery County, officials say.

Winston Churchill High School says the swastika was found after lunch in one of the stalls in the boys' bathroom. The school's principal, Dr. Joan Benz, said in a statement that the act "threatens our core values and the strength of our gift of community diversity."

"Let me repeat, discrimination will not be tolerated at Churchill," Benz said. "Consequences for this hate act will be applied following the MCPS Code of Conduct."

No suspect information has been released at this time. Read Benz's full statement on the incident below.

"This is Dr. Benz, today, after lunch a swastika was found in a boys’ bathroom stall. This act threatens our core values and the strength of our gift of community diversity. Discrimination will not be tolerated at Churchill. Let me repeat, discrimination will not be tolerated at Churchill. Consequences for this hate act will be applied following the MCPS Code of Conduct.

Tomorrow is a Wellness Day at Churchill. Our school must unite to be a safe environment for learning and respect for all. I will accept nothing less.

During the coming break, please help me to reinforce these values with your children. We must live our mission every day. Winston Churchill High School: Where all are proud to belong."

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