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3 teen boys charged after 'hateful' graffiti scrawled on school wall in Vaughan

A York Regional Police badge is shown in a 2014 file photo. CITYNEWS

Three teenage boys are facing mischief charges after York regional police say hateful graffiti was scrawled on the walls of Woodbridge College in Vaughan.

Police described the graffiti, which included words and images, as anti-Black, anti-Semitic and homophobic.

Police were called to the school near Highway 7 and Islington Avenue over a week ago, just before 8 a.m. on June 29.

“The investigation has revealed that three youths attended the school property shortly before midnight on June 28, and used spray paint on the walls of the school to make multiple offensive markings,” police said in a release.

The three suspects, all aged 17, turned themselves in to police and are facing charges of mischief over $5000.

York regional police sent a stern message against intolerance.

“These kinds of crimes not only hurt the community that has been targeted, but they hurt us all. We take great pride in being one of Canada’s safest and most inclusive communities and we remain vigilant in our fight against prejudice, discrimination and hate in our community.”