By Daily News Wire Services, Los Angeles Daily News,
September 14, 2011
SYLMAR -- Two teenage boys admitted in juvenile court today that they vandalized parts of the Calabasas High School campus with anti-Semitic graffiti in April.
Sylmar Juvenile Court Referee Mark Frazin ordered the teens -- who were 16 at the time and have since turned 17 -- to complete 100 hours of community service, pay $6,000 in restitution, participate in counseling and attend a program at the Museum of Tolerance.
The two will be under the Probation Department's supervision for a year, according to the District Attorney's Office.
A third boy, who is 17, was also charged with felony vandalism. He is due back in Sylmar Juvenile Court Nov. 7, when a trial date is scheduled to be set.
The vandalism occurred some time between 4 p.m. April 22 and April 23 at the school in the 22000 block of Mulholland Highway. School maintenance workers discovered the graffiti, which included Nazi swastikas, words and symbols related to anti-Semitism, and teachers' names.
The Anti-Defamation League expressed concern about the tone of the graffiti.
"The defacement of a school with racial insults, swastikas and references to the Holocaust is deeply distressing," ADL Regional Director Amanda Susskind said earlier.
"The fact that this vandalism occurred during the Jewish holiday of Passover makes this incident even more disturbing," she said. "The swastikas remains one of the most powerful and enduring emblems of religious and ethnic hatred."