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Harvard-Westlake School (HW), an exclusive Los Angeles preparatory academy, announced late last week that the fourth campus antisemitism to occur this month had taken place.

President Rick Commons told a senior class assembly on Friday that a swastika was discovered carved into a desk, according to school newspaper The Chronicle.

Commons also revealed that the school had previously found a swastika carved in a different desk earlier in January, and had also found a swastika drawn on a whiteboard.

The school previously said in an October 12 email that several swastikas and the statement “Hitler rocks’ were found carved into a desk.

“These hateful words and symbols should cause all of us to feel pain, fear and anger,” Commons said during the assembly. “This is an offense to all of us, not just our Jewish students and community members, for whom we feel special concern as we condemn both this disturbing incident at HW and the awful rise of antisemitism around the world.”

Harvard-Westlake School describes itself as an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school for grades 7-12. It has two campuses in the Los Angeles area.