Jewish students clean up Waterbury park struck by vandals spray painting swastikas

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A month ago, someone vandalized Waterbury‘s Fulton Park with swastikas spray painted on some of the rocks there. 

It left many in the Jewish community angry.

“It’s a shot at me, it’s a shot at my brothers, my family and it’s an insult,” said Yosef Casper.

Casper was happy to see hate turn into something positive. Today, young students from the Yeshiva K’Tana School were asked by the Historic Overlook Community Club to help take part in a park clean-up to move on from the hatred.

The kids agreed. They felt good helping to clean up a park in Waterbury that many people love. But, they admit the vandalism hurt.

“It got me a little scared,” said one eleven year-old student.

Waterbury police have not yet found the person or people responsible for the vandalism. They tell News8 the investigation is on-going.

But, one thing is clear: the swastikas and other garbage are now gone from Fulton Park. 

“They’re rocking their mission,” Josef said. “They’re rocking good in this world and I think it’s really cool.”

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