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Gilbert police investigating swastikas on signs posted near high school

Mar 12, 2019, 12:44 PM

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PHOENIX – Police in the East Valley are investigating a second recent incident of signs with swastikas being posted near a high school.

A least four flyers with the Nazi symbol were found on a traffic control box in front of Perry High School, and additional signs were posted around the campus, Sgt. Bill Balafas of the Gilbert Police Department said in an email Tuesday.

The school, which is in the Chandler Unified School District, is closed this week for spring break. District officials didn’t respond to emails seeking comment.

Perry, located on Queen Creek Road between Val Vista Drive and Greenfield Road, was in the news earlier this month after students were allegedly punished for wearing attire supporting President Donald Trump.

School officials said the discipline was over safety concerns and refusal to follow directions, not the messages on the clothing.

According to Balafas, police were aware of similar swastika signs being posted throughout the Valley in recent months.

Photos submitted by a viewer to local TV stations showed that the signs in Gilbert were identical to those posted in January near Skyline High School in Mesa.

In both cases, police said they don’t know who was responsible for the signs.

Balafas asked anybody with information about the case to call Gilbert police at 480-503-6500.

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Gilbert police investigating swastikas on signs posted near high school