Calgary School Vandalized With Anti-Syrian Graffiti Second Time in One Week
For the second time in one week a school in Calgary was targeted by vandals who spray painted slogans targeting Syrian refugees as well as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Local media reports say that police were called over to Wilma Hansen Junior High in the Queensland community at around 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. The spray painted texts were explicit in nature and called for violence against refugees and the Prime Minister.
Besides the graffiti, dozens of windows at the school were broken. Police are investigating the incident.
— Globalnews.ca (@globalnews) February 17, 2016
In a letter to parents, the school estimated that repair work will take three days, during which there will be an increased security presence at the school.
In response to a similar incident at the same school last weekend, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter that “Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees. That spirit won’t be diminished by fear & hate. “
Canadians have shown the best of our country in welcoming refugees. That spirit won’t be diminished by fear & hate. https://t.co/XS8M5mHReG
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) February 15, 2016
After being elected into office last October, Trudeau announced that he would increase the number of Syrian refugees accepted into Canada to 25,000. The initial goal of having that number of refugees accepted by the end of 2015 was later extended by several months.
Canadian Immigration Minister John McCallum told reporters during a visit to a refugee camp in Jordan last December that Canada could double the number of Syrian refugees it accepts, setting the number at 50,000 by the end of 2016.
A poll released by the Angus Reid Institute on Feb. 19 shows that a slight majority of Canadians, 52 percent, support the government’s plan, whereas 44 percent oppose it.