Teens Charged After Mississauga School Vandalized with Hate-Motivated Graffiti

August 20, 2018

Media Statement

Toronto (August 20, 2018) - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) commends Peel Regional Police for their quick arrests of three teens after hate-motivated graffiti was discovered on a school in Mississauga last week.

Each teen was charged with one count of mischief over $5,000 and will be making court appearances in September. According to police, the vandalism – which included swastikas and other racist and vulgar drawings – is being investigated as a hate-motivated crime.

“There is clearly an ongoing need for tolerance and diversity education inside our schools, as we continue to see young people commit such hateful acts,” said FSWC President and CEO Avi Benlolo. “Educators are urged to recognize the need to bring programs such as Holocaust and human rights workshops to their students so that they are inspired to do good in their communities instead.”

This September, Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Tour for Humanity will be back on the road, educating students about topics related to the Holocaust and human rights and empowering them to stand up against antisemitism and other forms of hate in their communities. A survey released by FSWC today revealed the importance of continuing such education inside schools, as results showed that 15% of people in Canada hold views that can be construed as antisemitic.

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