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Students Could Face Charges After Scratching Swastikas Into Lockers

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Three East Lansing High School teens accused of scratching swastikas into two other students' lockers could face criminal charges, but not for the content of controversial symbols.

East Lansing Police say one of the victims was a Jewish girl who took offense to the swastika on her locker. But after all parties involved, including parents, police and the district met, they agreed that making the school the victim was the best way to handle the situation. However, police didn't detail why that decision was made.

Superintendent Dave Chapin wouldn't let 6 News onto school grounds to show the defaced property and wasn't in town to speak on camera, but he did confirm it happened about two and half weeks ago.

He told 6 News this was an isolated incident, that he's very disappointed and concerned about it, and that the district has taken the appropriate disciplinary action for the students involved. However, Chapin wouldn't specify what kind of punishment the students faced.

"It was investigated. We identified the students involved. It was all agreed upon that this be... criminal charges be sought through the prosecutor's office for destruction of property and not any other related crime," said Lt. Scott Wriggelsworth with East Lansing Police Department.

6 News reached out to the prosecutor's office and was told they haven't received the case yet. If the three accused students are charged with destruction of property, it amounts to a misdemeanor.

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