Three high school teenagers in Michigan could face criminal charges for scratching swastikas into student lockers.
The president of the Congregation Sharrey Zedek, Elliot Spoon, said that while he is not surprised by the incident, he is extremely disappointed.
"Swastikas on lockers under any circumstance is inappropriate and offensive,” he told WLNS News.
Students should be educated on the history of the Swastika and the consequences to the Jewish people, he said.
"There are clearly holes in the system, whether it's the school system, whether it's the families, the communities, all have a part in making sure that our students are properly informed," Spoon added.
The Michigan branch of the Anti-Defamation League expressed hope that the school district will use the incident as a way of facilitating further discussion into cultural diversity and acceptance, according to WLNS.
"In general our definition of a hate crime is one in which a hate symbol is utilized, I think it's really unfortunate that they decided to use a hate symbol, when they were expressing whatever kind of frustration they were expressing," said Executive Director Heidi Budaj.
The motive behind the vandalism remains unclear, police told 6News.