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BHSN Student responsible for anti-Semitic graffiti suspended.



A student allegedly responsible for a string of anti-Semitic graffiti at Bloomington High School North has been suspended indefinitely, Bloomington police said Wednesday. 

Bloomington Police Department Lt. John Kovach said new graffiti was found Tuesday written in a bathroom in marker and pen. The slurs implied violence. 

The vandal also wrote curse words, some aimed at the school.

Maintenance staff had been checking the bathrooms for graffiti every half-hour, police said. When they saw the new writings, they checked the security camera footage and saw only one student enter during that time. 

Police said the school administration said the 16-year-old student is “learning disabled.” 

The student did not admit to the anti-Semitic writing but said he has drawn graffiti before, Kovach said.  

Police said all three incidents were attributed to the same person because the handwriting was very similar. 

BHSN found similar vandalism Jan. 9 and Jan. 25  with offensive phrases like written on bathroom walls. 

“We appreciate the input that several of you have provided over the last few weeks and the support you have shown for Bloomington North,” an email sent to BHSN parents from principal Andrea Mobley said. “That feedback will be helpful as we work with our students to understand the impact of this type of behavior.”

The student will be put on juvenile probation for three counts of alleged criminal mischief, police said.  

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