Middleboro Police are investigating after vandals spray painted the side of the town’s high school Saturday night with “hateful language and imagery,” according to Police Chief Joseph Perkins.

Perkins said police were dispatched to Middleboro High School, located at 71 East Grove Street, at around 7:40 Sunday morning for a report of vandalism to an exterior wall. Responding officers observed “spray-painted tags on the side of the building,” Perkins said, “of hateful language and imagery, including a swastika.”

No further details were provided as to the language or imagery. The vandalism had been covered up as of Sunday afternoon.

In an email addressed to the "Middleboro High School Community," principal Paul Branagan stated the graffiti included "a direct threat against me spray painted on the outside of the high school." He described the vandalism as "extensive and deeply upsetting," and stated a cleanup crew would be at the school on Monday to remove the vandalism.

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Police provided video surveillance stills of the suspects.

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"There is no place for the type of hate these individuals put on display at Middleboro High School, and we are committed to working with the school administration and our community partners to both investigate the crime that took place and address the messages themselves," Perkins said.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects should contact Middleboro Police at (508) 947-1212.

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