Earlier this month, a family in Northridge, California, woke up to find three swastikas and the word "Jew" written in maple syrup on the walkway leading up to their home.
Following the April 3 incident, three teenaged girls have admitted that they were the culprits. While the teens will not have criminal charges waged against them, the mother of one of the girls could face up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine over the incident, The Jewish Journal reports:
On Tuesday morning, April 3, a Northridge family awoke to find three swastikas and the word “Jew” written in maple syrup on their front walkway. The homeowner, the son of a Holocaust survivor, said maple syrup also covered his front door as well as two cars parked in front of the home. Feces were also found near the home’s front door, and toilet paper was strewn in the property’s trees.
Another nearby home was also defaced with toilet paper. While the girls were confirmed to be connected to these actions, they could not be charged, as the feces, toilet paper and syrup did not cause permanent damage. However, statistically, the incident will count as a hate crime.
"It was a very unfortunate incident, but it did not amount to a criminal act," said Lt. Silva Atwater of the LAPD's Devonshire Division.
According to the homeowner, the girls were former friends of his daughters and fellow students at the local Nobel Middle School.
"The girls need to understand the severity of what they did. This wasn’t a joke," the father reportedly said. "That symbol (a swastika) has a very different meaning here at this house."
The woman, police say, drove the girls to the scene. As a result, authorities are apparently seeking charges against her. The Journal continues, while also delving into actions the Los Angeles Unified School District may be taking against the young girls:
On April 6, police recommended that the City Attorney’s office charge the mother, whose name will be released if charged, with contributing to delinquency of a minor, which carries up to year in county jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
This is “what we feel is the most applicable charge under this circumstance,” Pitcher said.
And while the girls won’t be charged by police, Nobel took disciplinary action this week. School and district officials would not confirm a rumor that the girls had been either expelled of suspended.
Others in the community were in shock following the incident.
"This girl feels threatened by these other kids and how do you live like that?" said Morgan Braverman, a girl who who goes to temple with the young girl in the family that was targeted. "It’s even hard to tell people that you’re Jewish because you don’t know what they’ll think."
(H/T: The Jewish Journal)