Gasoline used to burn anti-Semitic symbol at Ellis Elementary School in Denver

Posted at 5:28 PM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 19:36:28-04

POLICE IN DENVER ARE INVESTIGATING WHAT APPEARS TO BE A HATE-RELATED INCIDENT AT ELLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. — DENVER — Police in Denver are investigating what appears to be a hate-related incident at Ellis Elementary School.

Someone used gasoline to burn an anti-Semitic symbol on the asphalt near the playground at the school, according to a letter to parents from Superintendent Susana Cordova.

“Hate will never be welcome in Denver Public Schools,” Cordova wrote. “Every student and every educator -- regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual identity, citizenship status, mental and physical ability status, and/or religion -- is a valued member of our DPS community.”

The vandalism was reported around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Police say they are working with fire investigators since the symbol was burned into the ground.

Police don’t know if any security cameras in the area may have picked up the suspect or suspects. They are currently looking at every angle in this investigation, police told Denver7.

This incident comes about a week after a man was arrested for allegedly spray-painting a swastika outside a Denver synagogue.