Longwood Middle School student finds swastikas on her school bus seat

- Stella Cohen says she could hardly believe her eyes. When she sat in her assigned seat on the school bus, she found three swastikas and an anti-Semitic message scrawled on the seat back in front of her.

The 12-year old Rock Lake Middle School student is Jewish and says she believes the graffiti targeted her specifically.

"On the chair in front of me, I saw three swastikas and a sign saying 'Why are the ovens getting hotter?'" she explained. 

"I was really sad that my daughter had to feel that way," said Cohen's mother, Tracy Kagan,  "but I was not surprised, given the climate of, I feel, our society right now."

The incident happened on a day when the Maitland-based Holocaust Memorial Center had been on campus. The school is now talking with them about returning, to teach students the difference between free speech and hate speech.

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