SYOSSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Anti-Semitic graffiti and other profanities were found spray-painted on a school in Syosset, Long Island early Sunday, police said.

Just before 7 a.m., a school security officer discovered that the walls, doors and windows in the rear of Syosset High School, at 70 Southwoods Rd., had been spray-painted with anti-Semitic writings that included swastikas, Nassau County police said.

Also discovered written in various colors of spray paint were the name of the gang MS-13 and other profanities, police said.

The spray-painting happened between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., police said.

Local officials asked that Nassau police increase patrols in the area in wake of the incident.

“News of this morning’s latest hate-based offense is sickening and repulsive,” Nassau legislator Arnold Drucker said in a statement Sunday. “With many students scheduled to attend Freshman orientation tomorrow at Syosset High School, I want to reassure our community that these brazen, cowardly acts of hate will not be tolerated here, or anywhere else.”

is scheduled for Sunday evening at the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview.

In a show of solidarity hundreds packed the Mid-Island Y JCC in Plainview on Sunday night for a “Break the Hate” rally.

“All humanity is of equal and invaluable, infinite worth,” Rabbi Lina Zerbarini said.

School board trustee Joshua Lafizan is calling for stepped up security at all ten of the district’s schools.

“Because I find this completely unacceptable and something like this never should have happened in the first place,” Lafizan said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Nassau County Crime Stoppers at (800) 244-TIPS.


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