According to officials with Denver Public Schools and the Denver Police Dept., a group of individuals used gasoline to burn a swastika on the asphalt near the playground at Ellis Elementary School in southeast Denver on Monday night, April 8.
Investigators are reviewing available video footage to help identify the suspects. The incident remains under investigation.
ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin issued the following statement:
“We are deeply disturbed that individuals would burn a swastika into the asphalt near a playground where young children normally spend their time playing.
“Our children deserve to learn and grow in an environment free from hate.
“We must all stand up to condemn this incident and incidents like it.
“We commend leaders with Denver Public Schools for immediately condemning the incident and developing a plan to help ensure the safety of the school community.
“We also thank the Denver Police Dept. for investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.”
The incident at Ellis Elementary follows similar incidents in which hate symbols have been found at other Denver-area schools this school year.
ADL received nearly two dozen reports of hate incidents at schools and colleges in Colorado in 2018.