Sem Students Send Message To Vandals

December 14, 2018 GMT

Wyoming Seminary students and school employees quickly responded after vandals spray painted swastikas and racial slurs on Upper School campus buildings and sidewalks in Kingston after midnight Wednesday.

A security employee discovered the vandalism around 1 a.m., and school maintenance staff removed the graffiti before classes began Wednesday morning, school spokeswoman Jill Snowdon said. Then during the school day, scores of students grabbed chalk to write positive messages and draw colorful artwork along North Sprague Avenue, Snowdon said.

“They wrote positive messages all day going to classes,” Snowdon said. “It was a free-for-all.”


Kingston police were notified early Wednesday and are investigating. Police Chief Michael Krzywicki did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Two unknown individuals spray-painted swastikas, racial slurs and insults on campus in Kingston, Wyoming Seminary President Kevin Rea said in a news release. The vandals painted swastikas and slurs along North Sprague Avenue and on Sprague Hall, Snowdon said.

The school has increased security on the Upper and Lower School campuses and has made counseling staff available for students, parents, faculty and staff, Rea said.

“Let me say clearly that our community stands against all forms of discrimination,” Rea said in the news release. “We are a diverse community of different races, faiths, gender, sexual orientation, classes, nationalities and abilities. We stand for respect, inclusion and for diversity, the diversity that defines us, makes us whole and strengthens us. At Sem, we treat everyone with respect.”

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