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Hate crime investigators with the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau have charged three youths after anti-Black, anti-Semitic and Homophobic hate graffiti was found on the walls of a school in the City of Vaughan.

On Thursday, June 29, 2017, shortly before 8 a.m., York Regional Police were called to attend Woodbridge College, which is located in the area of Highway 7 and Islington Avenue, after several anti-Semitic, anti-Black and Homophobic images and words were found spray painted on exterior walls of the school.

The investigation has revealed that three youths attended the school property shortly before midnight on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, and used spray paint on the walls of the school to make multiple offensive markings.

Each of the three youths involved turned themselves into police and they have been charged.

Charged:

 

  • 17-year-old male youth, City of Vaughan
  • 17-year-old male youth, City of Vaughan
  • 17-year-old male youth, City of Vaughan
Charges:

 

  • Mischief Over $5,000

 

The accused will be appearing before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Monday, July 24, 2017.

York Regional Police will not tolerate hate crime in any form. These kinds of crimes not only hurt the community that has been targeted, but they hurt us all. We take great pride in being one of Canada’s safest and most inclusive communities and we remain vigilant in our fight against prejudice, discrimination and hate in our community.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.