Denver, CO, October 18, 2021 …The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region expressed concern about reported property damage at a Jewish school overnight in Denver.
According to police reports, someone threw two rocks and broke a window in the high school annex building at Denver Academy of Torah (DAT) late Sunday. The perpetrator also reportedly broke into the power supply panel for the high school building and shut off the power.
Denver Police Department received a report that a nearby resident observed an individual breaking bottles at the dumpsters near a gate between the school and an apartment complex. The witness reported confronting the individual and that the individual allegedly made an anti-Jewish statement before leaving.
The incident remains under investigation and it is not clear whether the property damage to the school building is connected to the individual who was breaking bottles.
ADL Mountain States Regional Director Scott Levin issued the following statement:
We are saddened and concerned that a window was broken and the power shut off at the Denver Academy of Torah. We express our support for the students, staff, teachers and administrators at the school. School campuses should be safe places that foster learning and community. It is always upsetting when an incident like this happens. We encourage law enforcement to fully investigate the incident and to pursue the appropriate charges if a suspect is identified.
ADL is a leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of antisemitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. ADL is the first call when acts of antisemitism occur. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education and fighting hate online, ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate. ADL’s Mountain States Region covers Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. More at https://mountainstates.adl.org/.