Muslim school vandalized

27th Feb 2015

Ahmed J Versi

Vandals sprayed painted anti-Islamic graffiti on an entrance and back walls of the Islamic School of Rhode Island in West Warwick on February 13. President of the school’s Board of Trustees, Hilmy Bakri, said that racial slurs were spray-painted on the school, with the words, “Now this is a hate crime” and “pigs,” along with expletives referring to Prophet Muhammad and to Allah.

Vandals sprayed painted anti-Islamic graffiti on an entrance and back walls of the Islamic School of Rhode Island in West Warwick on February 13

On Facebook, the Islamic School said the defacement “is not something that we take lightly,” and that evidence has been supplied to local law enforcement as authorities investigate. The perpetrators went “beyond normal vandalism” and wrote “senseless, hateful comments,” West Warwick Police Captain Donald Archibald.

“I find it very upsetting,” said Rabbi Sarah Mack, of Temple Beth-El in Providence. “The Muslim community in Rhode Island is very open and peaceful.” The independent School opened 11 years ago for students of all cultures and backgrounds. Of Rhode Islanders with a known religious affiliation, less than one percent is Muslim, according to a 2008 Pew study.

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