Swastika found inside elevator at Eastman School of Music

The Eastman School of Music is working to determine who left a swastika inside an elevator at the school early Monday morning. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - The Eastman School of Music is working to determine who left a swastika inside an elevator at the school early Monday morning.

The hate symbol was found written on a piece of paper inside one of the elevators less than two days after a man who spewed anti-Semitic slurs and insults shot 11 people dead and injured six others at a Pittsburgh synagogue during a baby-naming ceremony Saturday.

A letter from Dean Jamal Rossi said "any expressions of bias or hatred... are simply not acceptable."

"Whoever committed this act should know that it is being taken very seriously and is a violation of University policy and our community standards. A report has been filed with the University’s Department of Public Safety to further investigate who might be responsible for this action," Rossi said.

Rossi went on to encourage anyone who sees any sort of bias-related incidents or activities to report them s so they may be immediately investigated and addressed.

This follows several recent incidents in the Rochester area with anti-Semitic overtones, including 17 swastika painted on trees at a Penfield park.

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