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BOONE — The Boone Police Department is investigating vandalism on the Boone Greenway that depicted anti-semitic symbols.

The vandalism was reported to Boone Police the morning of June 1. Boone Police Sgt. Geoff Hayes confirmed the vandalism was reported near the water treatment plant and the lower bridge on the Boone Greenway.

Hayes said that officers responded and took a report of the vandalism. If a suspect is developed during the course of the investigation, Hayes said that the investigation’s findings would be presented to the district attorney’s office who would make a determination of potential charges.

In late September 2018, someone anonymously spray-painted a Nazi symbol in one of the Appalachian State University free expression tunnels. The Watauga Democrat previously reported that the picture depicted on the wall replicated a Nazi flag with writing that said both “heil Hitler” as well as “the Holocaust was a good thing.”

In North Carolina, any person who engages in graffiti vandalism is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor under NCGS 14-127.1.

According to NCGS 14-3, any Class 2 or Class 3 misdemeanor that is committed because of the victim’s race, color, religion, nationality or country of origin also means the offender shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. If any Class A1 or Class 1 misdemeanor offense is committed because of the victim’s race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin, the offender shall be guilty of a Class H felony.

In late March 2021, the Hate Crimes Prevention Act was filed in the North Carolina House of Representatives. The act would increase the scope and punishment of hate crimes, and require the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to create and maintain a hate crimes statistics database.

The act would also require the North Carolina Justice Academy to develop and provide law enforcement with training on how to identify, respond to and report hate crimes. It would also develop training for prosecutors on how to prosecute hate crimes.

Hayes added that Boone Police has not seen an uptick in vandalism cases in the town.

A request for comment from the Temple of the High Country about the depiction of the anti-semitic symbols was not returned as of presstime.

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(7) comments

BFrank

Another example of profound ignorance. The perpetrator probably doesn't know the difference between an Ashkenazi and an Irish Catholic and if they did they would appreciate the cultural color of each but importantly they have everything about being human in common but as the millions amongst them they are all unique individuals.

The perpetrators probably do not know the difference between the Levant and the Ottoman Empire geographically or historically.

The graffiti probably had little more thought put into the selection of the symbol than its association with aggression. If I had any authority over the little creaton, I would have him sitting on a park bench on the Greenway for a week wearing a cone of shame borrowed from the Humane Society for a month and make him write a few essays telling himself why what he did was so pathetic. I would have his parents join him.

thechaosaysmuuuu

Hahaha, haven't heard (read) the term cretin in years. Love it. And the cone of shame.

guest52

Your suggestion is unrealistic. The more effective and long productive move would be to set up cameras, arrest them, and prosecute them for hate crimes. This will cause the parents to go out of pocket to retain legal counsel. The judge can the order the perpetrator(adult or minor) to take monitored courses in Eastern European pre-post ww2 history from 1920-1948 and this should awaken them to the impact of their vandalism crimes. 2nd offense they get jailed for one year minimum so on and so forth.

guest52

Install cameras before they destroy your tourism base...as if the residents actually care to cater to the non-residents. There is a large class of folks that are nauseated at the site of this vandalism and want this stopped. The town of Boone and the large liberal population have many Palestinian apologists who are also antisemites.

thechaosaysmuuuu

Get lost with your BS equating folks concerned with the well being of Palestinian HUMAN BEINGS as somehow "antisemitic." That's such a pathetically callous and disgustingly racist perspective.

guest52

People in glass houses should not throw stones. You are one of the pathetic apologists. How many times have we seen the jew hating liberal residents of boone display their LARGE signs on posted to commercial buildings on King St. "FREE PALESTINE". Too many. As if Palestine is a county and these displaced transjordanians have a claim to one inch of this fictitious state they claim. All liberals support anti-semitic policies and it drivels down to their offspring who are the root cause of this vandalism. No help trying to educate them because their parents are too ignorant to learn history.

thechaosaysmuuuu

What's it like being so hateful? I mean truly. I can’t imagine how hard your life must be walking around each day with such darkness in your heart. To be honest, I pity you.

And to act as though you speak for all Jewish people, too?! Yikes…. You sure as heck don’t speak for me or my family. You desperately need a refresher course in what it means to be a decent human being. It seems like you clearly missed the message…

Bless your little heart.

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