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Racist graffiti has been removed from Muslim school near Eglinton and McCowan

Last Updated May 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm EDT

Racist graffiti found on a Muslim school in Scarborough Tuesday morning has been removed.

An anti-Muslim message was painted in large black letters on the front wall of school on Torrance Road, near near Eglinton Avenue East and McCowan Road. As well, the sign for the Wali ul Asr learning institute was painted over.

Coun. Glenn De Baeremaeker said he brought the graffiti to the attention of 311 and said he wanted the graffiti removed immediately.

“As an offended resident — and the City’s Deputy Mayor representing Scarborough — I am requesting that you take immediate action to have this racist statement removed from the school wall before the kids arrive at school on Tuesday morning,” he wrote.

The City of Toronto power-washed the graffiti off the side of the building Tuesday morning.

In a series of tweets posted Tuesday morning, Mayor John Tory condemned the action.

“This hatred is unacceptable at any time but it is disturbing someone would choose to do this during Ramadan,” Tory tweeted out Tuesday morning.

The mayor then applauded Coun. De Baeremaeker for his quick action and said he knows Toronto police will “use every effort to track down whoever did this.”

The school is a TDSB property but it rented to the Muslim school.

Police say they are investigating the incident, but they don’t have any suspect information available at this time.

Witnesses are being asked to come forward.

Racist Graffiti
Racist graffiti painted on the side of a Muslim school in Scarborough, May 22, 2018. CITYNEWS/Tammie Sutherland